Kyrsten Sinema refuses to back down after Arizona Dem Party takes unanimous action against her

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Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) was unanimously censured by the Arizona Democratic Party on Saturday, but the centrist Democrat refused to bow to increasing pressure.

In a statement after the censure, spokeswoman Hannah Hurley said that Sinema's allegiance lays with her constituents in the Grand Canyon State — not a political party.

"During three terms in the U. S. House, and now in the Senate, Kyrsten has always promised Arizonans she would be an independent voice for the state — not for either political party," Hurley said. "She’s delivered for Arizonans and has always been honest about where she stands."

The executive board of the Arizona Democratic Party met Saturday morning and voted to censure Sinema for opposing the abolition of the Senate filibuster. Sources told NBC News the censure resolution passed unanimously.

"The state party has no confidence in Sinema," Arizona Democratic Party vice chairman Michael Slugocki said.

The party took action after passing a resolution last fall outlining the steps it would take if Sinema continued to support the filibuster and if that support doomed passage of voting reform legislation. Sinema has said she supports Democrats' voter rights bills, but has maintained her opposition to passing voter reform... (Read more)