With McCain in mind, cinema reaches for transpartisan

Washington (AP) — More than her shock and unpredictable votes on purple hair Democratic Senator Kyrsten Cinema Probably best known for doing unthinkable things in Washington. She is spending time on the Republican side of the aisle.

Not only does she spend her days chatting with Republican senators, she is also known for hiding in their private GOP cloakroom and joking with GOP leaders. She and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell often talk on the phone.

The years in the cinema parliament have been a whirlwind of political style and embarrassing substance, a centrist politician who trades from anti-war liberals, and now holds the highest level of power.Major negotiators Bipartisan infrastructure compromise, She was among those that President Joe Biden first called for a deal — and again when he worked hard. Save the agreement from collapse..Hold out to change Senate Filibuster Rules, She faces great pressure to act Voting rights in her own state and other states are balanced..

“If anyone can pull this off, it’s Kirsten,” said David Rougean, a former Democratic colleague at the Arizona Capitol Museum cinema. “She’s incredibly smart, so she can understand where people have something in common and get things done.”

Senator’s theory of how to govern in Washington Infrastructure compromise Comply with the law Supreme Court decision in favor of Arizona’s strict new voting rules..

She models her approach in a rebellious style Late Senator John McCain, She is trying to emulate, Bold transpartisan We are challenging the post-Trump era of enhanced political bunker and intense cultural tribalism. Many of her own parties ridicule her overture to the Republican Party and criticize her for not playing hardball.

Her name is now being spoken alongside West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin when two Democrats are in the way of change. Filibuster rules Require 60 votes to advance legislation — 50-50 divisions Liberal priorities working to pass Biden’s agenda in the Senate.This year she voted and opposed a procedural vote against the increase in the minimum wage. Green New Deal with a focus on climate changeAlthough she is not completely against either policy. She declined the interview request.

“It’s the easiest thing in the world for politicians to declare a transpartisan death and line up on each side of a partisan battle,” he said in a statement to the Associated Press. Form an unlikely ally and a coalition that can achieve durable, lasting results. “

Cinema arrived in Washington with an energy blast and a fashion surge. As she visited the other side of the aisle, she soon became known as one of the best voting counters in the house, as did Chairman Nancy Pelosi. She voted against Pelosi many times.

Her maiden speech in the Senate was drawn from McCain’s farewell greeting, a landmark of where she went. She changed the Senate dress code decades ago by simply wearing whatever she liked. The purple wig nodded to the blockade of the coronavirus pandemic. (Out of business hours, she was found wearing an abusive ring similar to “buzz off.”)

“People may argue about her integrity, but the truth is that she makes a positive decision that she will work well with others — and I’ve seen her slip. No, “said North Carolina Republican Patrick McHenry with her at home.

Cinema’s position as a bipartisan leader fascinates those who have seen her decades of rise in Arizona politics. Of working across the aisle.

“Ideally, it surprises me,” said Republican Stephen Yarbro, who worked for Cinema for 12 years in the Arizona Parliament, about her transformation. “But given how smart and ambitious she is, well, that doesn’t surprise me at all.”

The cinema even made it much more unlikely. Her parents divorced at an early age and moved from Tucson to Florida Panhandle with their mother and stepfather. There she lived in an abandoned gas station for three years.

Driven by success, she graduated from a local high school as a graduate at the age of 16, earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Utah at the age of 18, and left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. , After graduation.

Cinema landed in Phoenix and earned several more degrees, including a law degree and a PhD. He worked as a social worker and then as a lawyer, protesting the Iraq War loudly and fighting for immigrants and LGBTQ rights when Arizona was turning right. .. In 2004, she was elected to the Legislature, which represents a fairly liberal region, and was initially a backbencher who dropped a rhetorical bomb from the left.

However, Cinema has extensively written and spoken on how he discovered the benefits of moderation while serving in the Republican-controlled state legislature. She wrote a book entitled “Unity and Conquer” about the need for the Left to compromise and reduce trade.

In 2006, she co-chaired a bipartisan group to combat a gay marriage ban on ballots and had to decide whether to simply condemn the ban or try to defeat it. It wasn’t, said Steve May, a former Republican parliamentarian who worked with her.

An avid consumer of voting, she helped come up with a strategy to target older retired heterosexual couples who could lose profits under ballots due to their unmarried status. It was. They barely succeeded in defeating it. (Another ban passed two years later.)

“She came from giving a speech and leading a protest, and she learned that she could actually win,” May said.

Cinema ran and won when parliamentary seats were opened in the lush green areas of the eastern suburbs of Phoenix.

She has remade herself into an ideal candidate for a slowly increasing competitive state. And in 2018, she captured that moment and won the Senate.

Her infrastructure work is just one of several bipartisan “gangsters” in the Senate where she is testing governance theory. She is working with Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney on a minimum wage proposal and is involved with others on immigration law changes.

“Kirsten has always been honest and candid, and two often undervalued qualities that are a testament to the success of legislators,” said Senator John Thune, a Republican whip in South Dakota, one of the cinemas. Often asks for conversation.

In a statement to the AP, Thune believed she was transparent to him, “although not all issues are eye-catching,” and her “transpartisan.” He said he respects “honest pursuit”.

Fascinating and entertaining in private conversation, the cinema takes pride in competing in marathons and triathlons and maintains its infamous colorful wardrobe. Even in the days of the green party, she called herself a “Prada socialist.”

Recently dashing from the Senate, she wiped out reporters’ questions about the infrastructure story. That day she wore a fake black tie bib dress paired with a suit jacket. why?

She suggested doing what she wanted to do by shrugging before getting into the waiting car.


Riccardi reported from Denver.

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