Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has confounded Democrats over budget talks – even while boasting about using her cleavage to reel in ‘uptight’ Republicans, according to a new book.
Sinema, a weight-lifter and fitness buff, regularly draws attention in the buttoned-down Senate hallways with her eclectic fashion choices.
But she has also developed ways to contend with Republicans in the minority, according to This Will Not Pass, a new book by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.
Despite being more ‘discomfiting’ to the White House than any Democrat in the 50-50 Senate, Sinema had relationships across the political aisle. The former House member, who is the first bisexual member of the Senate, ‘joked with Democrats about how easy it was for her to charm Republican men,’ according to the book.
‘Sinema, a fitness enthusiast who was 36 when she entered Congress, boasted knowingly to colleagues and aides that her cleavage had an extraordinary persuasive effect on the uptight men of the GOP. She told one House Republican that while she would never switch parties, her father would be delighted if she did,’ the authors write.
The book also delves into President Joe Biden’s governing woes – including prolonged talks with Sinema, whom the authors dub an ‘aloof Arizonan.’ She became a progressive nemesis when she and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wouldn’t go along with Biden’s multi-trillion proposals, although she did cheer his infrastructure plan.
After Biden signed the infrastructure bill, Sinema asked Biden’s aides not to send the president to her home state for a ‘victory lap,’ even though he had won Arizona in 2020. White House aides were concluding she was ‘simply a difficult person.’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Geoff Earle