Ruben Gallego campaign teases Senate challenge to Kyrsten Sinema, raises money off idea

Rep. Ruben Gallego/Gage Sizemore

By Gregory Svirnovskiy | Arizona Republic

Rep. Ruben Gallego is campaign fundraising off the prospect of his running against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona’s 2024 Democratic primary.

“Many people are asking Ruben if he will run against Senator Kyrsten Sinema,” a promoted June 18 Facebook post says. “We know many of you hope he does and he appreciates that fact. That’s one of the reasons he is asking you to contribute to his campaign today. Because if he is going to run against her, he’ll need to win his re-election campaign this November and build a strong grassroots movement.”

The Facebook ad says any contributions will go toward his House reelection effort this year.

“We’ll report a lot of donations,” the post concludes. “And anything he doesn’t spend in 2022, he can use in 2024 … whatever he decides.”

Jacques Petit, Gallego’s communications director, said Gallego, D-Ariz., hasn’t made any decisions on challenging Sinema, D-Ariz., in 2024. 

“As Rep. Gallego has said repeatedly, his entire focus is on 2022,” Petit said. “That means holding the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate and supporting candidates up and down the ballot in Arizona. He will make a decision in 2023.”

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