Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) blasted Democrats in a recent conversation, ripping some in the party as "old dudes eating Jello."
Sinema's remarks occurred during a fundraiser with a group of GOP lobbyists where she spoke out against her former political party.
Report: Kyrsten Sinema Rips Democrats as Self-Lauding ‘Old Dudes Eating Jello’ https://t.co/UxLlFo6iJh
— judyann451 (@judyannaggie) March 24, 2023
“Old dudes are eating Jell-O, everyone is talking about how great they are,” Sinema said.
“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 added.
“I’m not caucusing with the Democrats, I’m formally aligned with the Democrats for committee purposes,” Sinema told a group of GOP lobbyists.
Then she described Democrats:
“Old dudes are eating Jell-O, everyone is talking about how great they are” https://t.co/zXRop1qpol
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) March 23, 2023
"Sinema’s sniping spree has delighted the Republican lawmakers, lobbyists and donors who’ve taken in the show, giving some of them hope that she can be convinced to caucus with the GOP, either in this Congress or in the case she’s reelected as an independent," Politico reported.
"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who Sinema has assiduously courted, remains skeptical, however," it continued.
"Believing she remains a Democrat at heart, McConnell has focused on trying to recruit a non-controversial Arizona Republican into the race, somebody who could attract the moderate GOP voters and independents Sinema would need to win the purple state as an independent," it added.
"Kyrsten Sinema describes Democrats as 'old dudes eating Jell-O' and reveals why she stopped attending 'dumb' lunches where everyone talks about 'how great they are."https://t.co/AFRKmwssdN
— Andrew Wilkow (@WilkowMajority) March 24, 2023
Sinema's words come during an odd period for Democrats in Arizona. After winning a close battle for the Senate with Mark Kelly and Gov. Katie Hobbs in 2022, Sinema switched her affiliation to Independent.
Democrats are now looking at options to run against her in 2024. The choice could backfire, however, splitting the Democratic vote and giving Republicans a win in the state.
The loss could be part of a number of flipped seats in 2024 as some senators retire and others face strong conservative opponents.
The power shift with Sinema is a big one, and a concern for both parties to address as they make plans for the next election and in key votes during the current Senate.