Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a swipe at fellow Democrat Kyrsten Sinema on Wednesday, with AOC saying she has not seen a “compelling case” for why Sinema should continue representing Arizona in the Senate.
“I don’t believe she’s really given a compelling case as to why she should be re-nominated as the Democratic nominee for United States Senate in Arizona,” the New York rep told MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan on the “11th Hour,” when asked whether she would support primary challenges against Sinema and fellow moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).
“She has proven herself an obstacle to the right to vote in the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “She is not an ally on civil rights. It is becoming a precipice and rather contributing to the threat that we have in stabilizing our democracy. She is not standing up to corporate interests, in fact, she is a profound ally to them. And I believe that, you know, she is not doing what voters in Arizona sent her to do.”
Earlier this month, Sinema and Manchin killed Senate Democrats’ effort to pass two pieces of sweeping election reform legislation by altering or eliminating the filibuster.
The bills did not receive any Republican support, so Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) held a vote to change the chamber’s rules and allow the measures to pass with a simple majority. That effort failed 52-48, with Manchin and Sinema joining all 50 Senate Republicans to block it.
Currently, the Senate requires 60 votes to end a filibuster and vote on most legislation.
Several Democrats have slammed their moderate colleagues’ decision to vote with Republicans, and the Arizona Democratic Party announced over the weekend that it had censured Sinema.
Progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN on Sunday that he agreed with the censure and appeared to suggest he would support primary challenges to Manchin and Sinema in 2024, when both are up for re-election.
“In that particular vote that she and Manchin cast, we were trying to address the reality that you have got 19 Republican states all over this country who are undermining the foundations of American democracy, trying to make it harder for people of color, young people, people with disabilities to vote, coming up with extreme gerrymandering, taking action against independent election officials,” Sanders said.
“If there were strong candidates in those states who were prepared to stand up for working families, who understand that the Democratic Party has got to be the party of working people taking on big money interests, if those candidates were there in Arizona and West Virginia, yes, I would be happy to support them,” he later added.
On Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez told MSNBC that if she had to choose between Sinema and progressive Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) in a potential primary, it would be “the easiest decision I would ever have to make. There’s no comparison.”
Gallego, who has served in the House of Representatives since 2015, met recently with Sinema donors in New York about a potential Senate run, according to Punchbowl News.
Sinema’s office did not immediately respond the The Post’s request for comment.