Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego announced On Monday, he will begin a bid to remove independent Kirsten Cinema from office in the U.S. Senate.
“We are deeply humbled by the encouragement we have received from the people of Arizona and are responding to the call to serve today,” Gallego said in a press release.
so video announcementGallego shared his vision for Arizona, chasing cinema, which has yet to announce whether it will seek re-election.
“She repeatedly broke her promises and fought for the interests of Big Pharma and Wall Street at our expense.” Because they don’t need it, but families who can’t afford groceries do.”
A Cinema spokesperson declined to comment on Gallego’s announcement or criticism.
In an interview with Arizona Radio last week, Cinema said, “I am incredibly proud of the work I have accomplished in the United States Senate over the last few years. And I will continue to focus on the work I have.” .before us.”
In particular, she advertised her focus on “our borders and the immigration crisis” as she sought to broker a legislative compromise.
She also spoke out in that interview about focusing on future campaign challenges. That’s why a lot of people hate politics,” she said later, “I stay focused on my job.
“I go there every day to keep my head down and focus on solving problems,” she said.
Gallego has opposed cinema in the past keep some important parts Democratic legislation in office. Most recently he followed her, changed her party affiliation, left the Democratic Party, Register as Independent Ahead of the 2024 election.
Last week, Gallego’s fellow Arizona Democratic Rep. Greg Stanton announced he would not run for Senate next year, likely paving the way for Gallego to win the Democratic primary.
Gallego said in December that several senators and representatives had personally urged him to speak out against cinema.
Given that Arizona is a hotly contested area, a matchup between Gallego and Cinema will be an important campaign. Meanwhile, on the Republican side, reports circulated that former gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is also considering running for the Senate after losing to Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs by less than a point.
A former Marine, Gallego represents Arizona’s 3rd congressional district, which includes parts of Phoenix and Glendale. He was re-elected in his 2022 with 77% of the vote, defeating Republican challenger Jeff his jinx. He was first elected to his House of Representatives in 2014.
He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the Natural Resources Committee, and the Veterans Affairs Committee.
Gallego, a first-generation American, is of Colombian and Mexican descent. If elected, he would be the first Latino senator to represent Arizona.
“Single immigrant mothers of Latino boys statistically odds that I never even went to college. I slept on the floor, on the couch, on the rollout mat,” video. “I heard her cry every night and was stressed about how she was raising like four children on her secretary’s paycheck with her father absent.”
Gallego and his wife Sydney have a six-year-old son and are expecting a baby girl in July.
ABC News’ Alison Pecorin contributed to this report.