The 39-year-old co-executive director of the Community Organizing Committee, Luca, went house-to-house in the heat of Arizona in 2018 and replaced the Democratic electorate that helped select cinema in the Senate. The work was hard and lasted for hours, but Gomez and others deeply believed in the need to defeat Republican Martha Maxali, who associated herself with then-President Donald Trump.
Gomez now has another label for the woman he chose: a wolf in a goat costume.
“What happened is a complete challenge to our members, to the work they have done, and to the change they are trying to make in our communities,” Gomes said. “If she’s not part of the solution, she’s part of the problem. And what we’ll see is that she’s claiming herself to be a bipartisan leader, but we have not yet seen where the two parties stand. She has done nothing.”
In an equally divided Senate, each individual senator wields considerable power. But much of that influence has fallen on the shoulders of democratic senators like cinema, ready to capture their party over key priorities. This position has raised the profile of the senator – President Joe Biden’s administration must be in court, and he is now being talked about nationally as he is at the center of negotiations over the infrastructure bill.
But when he returned home, his refusal to support a number of Democratic priorities – from leaving Philipster to raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour – has created deep distrust on his party’s platform and prompted even groups like Lucha to re-elect him in the Democratic Party in 2024. There are alternatives against.
“We are ready to support a potential candidate who is truly willing to stand up for our communities,” Gomes said.
When asked if challenging cinema was worth the risk of losing space for Republicans, Gomes did not back down.
“We already have a Republican in that seat,” he said.
From the Green Party to the Senate Center
Cinema, which the Senate office refused to comment on the story, is part of a politically dynamic Arizona.
At the time, Arizona – once the Republican stronghold that created the likes of Barry Goldwater and John McCain – began to shift to the left, driven by a growing Latin population and voters from liberal states such as California and Illinois moving into the desert. .
The success of cinema in 2018, in many ways, marks the beginning of a political transition that began to move toward the center during the senator’s time in the political council. Arizona has joined the Blue Dog Alliance, a group of Democrats who identify as Democrat centrists, and The Problem Soulvers Caucus, a two-party group that designs itself as contractors in party ways.
Cinema won the support of almost all Democrats before his Senate run, a high-profile recruiter and someone who could win in a state that is not very favorable to Democrats. But he avoided a controversial issue and ran a careful campaign, and in the eyes of the National Democrats, the bank said the anti-Trump sentiment would be enough to win.
His election, like many others in 2018, brought out people who had never been involved in politics, triggered by Trump’s White House victory two years ago and the rejection of his leadership by the feeling that the Middle Ages could show the country. However, with that help, Cinema won, becoming the first woman to represent Arizona in the Senate.
Julie Erfley, an Arizona communications consultant and AZMirror columnist, argues that many new political activists helped the Democrats’ election in 2018, which is one reason why many of cinema’s once-supporters feel inflated.
“They’re upset about Sen. Cinema because they believe he’s blocking the party, and he’s really an obstacle to some of these policies,” Erfley said, adding that he was “a little confused” by the senator’s political position because Republicans want to compromise what cinema seeks. Signs of readiness are minimal.
Some issues have targeted more liberal anger over cinema than Senate Phillipster, which requires 60 votes to pass most laws. Many Democrats want to change the Philipster rule and allow most laws to be passed with a simple majority. Cinema opposed those changes, most recently the Republican Sen. of Texas. Democrats, along with John Cornin, said they were being pushed into a wrong choice.
“The truth is, when you have a system that doesn’t work effectively – I think most people would agree that the Senate is not a particularly well-oiled machine, well – the way to fix it is not to correct your behavior, remove the rules or change the rules, but to change the behavior,” he said. Told reporters in Texas while touring the Mexican border.
Don Pfeiffer, once a top aide to President Barack Obama, argued that the cinema’s statement “told every Democrat and grassroots donor to help elect him.”
Erfel described himself as “a little frustrated.”
“I hope she hasn’t dug up yet saying no to Philipaster (changing),” the columnist said. “I think there’s room for reforming Philippester. I’d personally want to see it gone, but if it’s not going away, at least make the reform to turn it into a real Filipuster.”
The problems of cinema are not exclusive to Arizona, where National Democratic activists invariably and publicly call on the legislature for its actions.
Earlier this year, Cinema, along with seven other Senate Democrats, voted against raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. Although the Democrats of Arizona were part of a broader group, it was his vote – which looked like a happy thumb and knee curve on the Senate floor – that angered the Liberal Democrats, even though he claimed to be acting because he wanted the size to be separated from the Corona virus relief bill.
Mark Bogan, a representative of the Progressive Democrats who represents Madison in Wisconsin, promised to go one step further and raise the minimum wage there by retweeting the news released by Cinema in 2014.
Back home, with Gomez and Lucha, the way she did made them angry.
“Watch her agility and dance, and be very active,” Gomez said. “He’s not sending that message to millions of Americans and Arizona, he’s not worried.” “
In response, the Liberals are poised to oust the same senator who helped elect her in 2018, hoping to tap her from her Senate berch as a warning to other moderates.
“There was a real enthusiasm for the campaign he ran. He seemed to be going to be a progressive stalwart in the Senate and a new kind of progressive fighter,” Corbyn Trent said, adding that there was no excuse for joining the party in an attempt to oust both PAC Cinema and West Virginia Sen. Joe Munch. Another Democrat who stands. “That alone is particularly disappointing.”
Super PAC is now running radio commercials in Arizona, accusing it of “flipping” cinema and “Washington is too concerned about protecting inaction and inactivity.”
“Right now, he’s fighting to defend his own political suitability,” Trent told CNN. “He is basically in a political campaign to defend the power of an individual senator.”
But a picture posted by the senator on Instagram in April, enthusiasts returning home, believes it really captures the way he feels about them: the cinema can be seen wearing a ring that says “F *** OFF” Be a restaurant and have a drink.
“Her message to them was clear from her ring,” Gomez said.