Kyrsten Sinema mocks Democrats as old men who eat Jell-O at Republican reception

Kyrsten Sinema
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Photo: Gage Skidmore/via Wikipedia

Out Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) is apparently enjoying her new independent status, bragging about how she no longer has to attend strategizing meetings with her Democratic colleagues.

“Those lunches were ridiculous,” she told Republican lobbyists at a reception earlier this year. “Old dudes are eating Jell-O, everyone is talking about how great they are.”

The audience laughed, according to Politico.

“I don’t really need to be there for that. That’s an hour and a half twice a week that I can get back,” she continued. “The Northerners and the Westerners put cool whip on their Jell-O and the Southerners put cottage cheese.”

“I spend my days doing productive work, which is why I’ve been able to lead every bipartisan vote that’s happened the last two years,” she said.

Politico reports that this isn’t the only time this past year she has made fun of the people whose party she used to be a part of, and also that she’s even trying to get friendly with Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in hopes of getting a powerful committee assignment should Republicans take control of the Senate. Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, for example.

“She’s the biggest egomaniac in the Senate,” an unnamed moderate Democratic senator told Politico.

The report notes that she hasn’t announced whether she will run again in 2024, splitting the Democratic vote and possibly helping a Republican get elected. But her recent behavior shows that she’s trying to court Republican donors and lobbyists and suggests that she may be willing to caucus with Republicans soon.

She told the Republican reception that she is not caucusing with the Democrats, something she was expected to do when she announced that she was no longer a part of the Democratic Party.

“I’m not caucusing with the Democrats, I’m formally aligned with the Democrats for committee purposes,” she said. “But apart from that I am not a part of the caucus.”

If she gets elected and caucuses with Republicans in 2024, she would be one of only two out LGBTQ+ lawmakers who caucus with Republicans in Congress, along with Rep. George Santos (R-NY). Of course, that assumes that he is able to get reelected as well, which is far from guaranteed.

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