Ruben Gallego is making a high level race for the Kyrsten Sinema Seat in Arizona

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Ruben Gallego officially launched the much-anticipated application Kyrsten Cinemaand Senate seat on Monday, setting up what will likely be a highly contested battle to represent Arizona in the upper chamber. Gallego’s Senate offer was not a question if so but when because the communicator has not so quietly built a campaign team, which includes some of the same faces behind him Raphael Warnock, John Fetterman, and Mark Kellyin their campaigns.

And he has been very public about his hatred of Sinema, most recently after she spent MLK weekend rubbing elbows with power brokers at the annual Davos World Economic Forum in the Alps Switzerland, instead of Arizona. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Gallego dismissed Sinema as “tone deaf” and described her most engaging moments as “tacky” “performance art”. These wishes that Gallego sent last week seem to be interesting for him to launch the Senate campaign. “The rich and powerful, they don’t need more advocates,” Gallego said in a video announcing his campaign, which made its way around social media on Monday morning. “It’s the people who are still trying to decide between groceries and utilities that need a fighter for them.”

Gallego announced his claim with what appeared to be a veiled punch at Sinema. “We could argue different ways about how to do it, but at the heart of it, if you’re more likely to meet the powerful than the powerless, you’re doing the -do this wrong,” the caller apparently said in the video. a nod not only to Sinema’s appearance in Davos, but her stance against raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans during consideration of the Democrats’ Anti-Inflation Act. “I’m sorry that politicians have let you down, but I’m going to change that. ”

But it’s still an open question what kind of tone Gallego will strike over the next year and a half; will he run a bitter race against the sitting senator? Talking to Vanity Fair last week, Gallego provided a small window into his opinion: “There are a lot of reasons why the Democrats won in Arizona in 2022,” Gallego said. “But I will say, the one thing, is it’s the basic thing that people don’t celebrate that the nice people won their elections.” In his opinion, Arizonans have no desire for the roughness of the TV journalist turned MAGA lover Loch Kari (who is being floated as a possible Republican candidate), or Sinema theater toes on raising the minimum wage. “The tough candidates, the candidates who were kind of playing cynical politics or just generally being tough on voters, tough on whoever lost,” he said.

The ground is fertile in Arizona for conflict in the Senate. Republicans still see Arizona as the main target, and a way back to the majority of the Senate – especially because Sinema is very popular in the state. The stakes were only made worse by Sinema’s decision to leave the Democratic Party and register as an independent. Early polls suggest the sitting Democrat independent could be a blow to her former colleagues. A a recent poll from the Public Policy Poll showed Sinema with only 13% of the vote in a three-way race; Gallego and failed gubernatorial candidate Arizona Lake, who received 40% and 41%, respectively. (Lake has denied any plans for a Senate bid. Sinema’s office did not respond to a request for comment and Sinema has not said whether she will run.)

If Sinema runs, Gallego will have to limit the number of Democrats and independent voters who are deficient for the incumbent. This weekend, according to email to supporters, Gallego will appear at a series of rallies across Arizona in his new role as Senate hopeful. It is scheduled to appear in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Pinal County.

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