Jan 24, 2023
Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.), one of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's (I-Ariz.) best friends in the Senate, is urging the newly independent senator to caucus with Republicans. Sinema announced last month that she was leaving the Democratic Party and was registering as an independent. She also said at that time that she wouldn't caucus with Republicans. But Thune points out that Sinema has worked closely with several Republicans to advance legislation and that if she's going to run for re-election, it will make the race far less complicated. On Monday, Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego announced that he was running in the Democratic primary. This creates a dilemma for both parties as most national Democrats are no more eager to challenge an incumbent senator from their own party than Republicans want to take down a potential ally. "Obviously we'd love to have her become a Republican or at least caucus [with] Republicans. That would make things a little more clear,"