If Sinema launches a reelection bid ahead of Arizona’s filing deadline on April 8, the Democrat-turned-independent will join Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Republican Kari Lake in a closely watched three-way race.
“I’m not thinking about that at all right now. You know what I am thinking [about]? The border,” Sinema said in an interview with Politico.
As the 2024 election season heats up, Sinema is focusing on immigration and border security, blaming “extreme partisans” and a lack of federal government support to address the ongoing crisis affiliating border towns such as San Luis and Yuma.
“What I’ve been trying to communicate to my colleagues is the real-life implications of our failure to take action,” Sinema said in a recent interview. “We want to change the asylum process to make it effective so that people who qualify for asylum can get it in our country. But also to ensure that we have operational control over the border so that it’s no longer being exploited by the cartels.”
While Sinema remains steadfast in her focus on legislation, such as proposing a bill to raise overtime pay for Border Patrol agents — candidates vying for Arizona’s Senate seat are increasing campaign efforts.
Lake, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2022, released an ad on local and cable TV, airing during the Iowa caucus, labeling Sinema and Gallego as “enablers” of President Joe Biden’s border policy. “When Republicans take back the U.S. Senate, we will fix the problems caused by Joe Biden and his enablers Kyrsten Sinema and Ruben Gallego,” Lake said. “I will work with President Trump to make Arizona and America safe, affordable, and ‘Great Again.’”