Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 9, 2022 / 16:00 pm
Catholic organizations are sharing their reactions to the news that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is leaving the Democratic Party to register as an independent.
“Kyrsten Sinema’s decision to leave the Democratic Party will have the effect of stunting some of the most aggressive partisan ambitions of [Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer and the Democrats in the Senate — and for that Catholics can breathe a little easier,” Joshua Mercer, editor of the Loop at CatholicVote, told CNA. “That said, Kyrsten Sinema votes consistently for abortion and other radical attacks on the family.”
Speaking for the Catholic advocacy organization, he added: “So while we’re happy that she might stymie plans for the Democrats, Catholics should not expect her to vote our way on the most critical pieces of legislation.”
Sinema, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 2019, is the only member of Congress who identifies as religiously unaffiliated. Her exit, announced on Friday, comes just days after Democrats celebrated expanding their narrow majority in the Senate to 51-49.