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Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), known for his radical views and tendency to refer to political opponents in Congress as “insurrectionists,” announced Monday that he will challenge independent Senator Kyrsten Sinema in 2024.

Gallego’s announcement could tee up a three-way contest against Sinema and a Republican nominee following her departure from the Democratic party in late 2022, potentially splitting the Democrat vote. Sinema has not yet announced if she will seek re-election, according to Fox10 Phoenix.

According to the Associated Press, Gallego told reporters he would fight for normal people struggling to make ends meet and losing faith in politicians.


He told the AP,

“I’m better for this job than Kyrsten Sinema because I haven’t forgotten where I came from. I think she clearly has forgotten where she came from. Instead of meeting with the people that need help, she meets with the people that are already powerful.”

“I’m assuming that they will be with us because we are going to run the winning campaign, and because at the end of the day, if you look at where Arizonans are going to be, they’re going to be with us and not with her,” Gallego said according to the AP.

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Gallego was described by the outlet as a longtime rival and has alluded to challenging Sinema on several occasions, even fundraising on the possibility as early as 2022.

Gallego, 43, is on his fifth term as a U.S. Congressman representing Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District. He is also a U.S. Marine combat veteran who served in Iraq.

Shortly after Gallego’s announcement, Sinema released a video via Twitter extolling her accomplishments in the Senate. Many of the featured clips were from several Arizona mayors, including many Republicans, such as Mesa, Arizona Mayor John Giles or Goodyear Mayor Joe Pizzillo.

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