Rep. Ruben Gallego (D.Ariz. Senate, challenging incumbent independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema potentially setting up a three-way race that could lead to major Democratic leaders being placed on the spot.

GallegoMarine Corps veteran, who was in combat in Iraq in 2003, is now a House member and has been viewed as Sinema’s most likely Democratic challenger for months, recently hiring well-known Democratic consultants and pollsters for a bid.

“If you’re more likely to be meeting with the powerful than the powerless, you’re doing this job incorrectly,” Gallego will say in his campaign’s launch video, taking a direct shot at the lobbyist-friendly Sinema. “I’m sorry that politicians have let you down, but I’m gonna change that.”

Sinema First elected to the Senate In 2018, I was a Democrat and only changed to independent status after unexpectedly good results by Democrats. Arizona In the midterms of 2022. Gallego backed her in 2018, but like many of the state’s Democrats, grew frustrated with her as she blocked crucial parts of President Joe Biden’s agenda.

Sinema, whose role as a swing vote meant she was key to brokering compromises on infrastructure and gun control during the last Congress, has yet to announce whether she’ll run for reelection. She trails in both early polling. Gallego A potential GOP nominee.

“I’m not really thinking about or talking about the election,” Sinema told local radio station KTAR This week. “I’m focused on the work.”

This is his video launch. Gallego highlights his life story — beginning with his youth in Chicago, where he was raised by a single mother and helped raise his three younger sisters, and including his time at Harvard and a post-Iraq battle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Most families feel that they are one or two paychecks away from going under. That is not the way that we should be living in this country,” Gallego The video will also include Spanish translations. “The rich and the powerful, they don’t need more advocates. It’s the people that are still trying to decide between groceries and utilities that need a fighter for them.”

Gallego’s bid also creates decision points for Senate Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader (D-N.Y.), and his political operation are President Joe Biden. All of them may need to decide if they support the candidate. Sinema — whose vote remains crucial to confirming Biden’s nominees and maintaining leverage when negotiating with Republicans — or a Democratic nominee in Arizona.

Gallego The frontrunner to the nomination is especially important after Greg Stanton, a fellow Representative, announced last week that he wouldn’t run. It is possible, but it isn’t guaranteed. Some national and local Democrats continue to point out Tucson Mayor Regina Romero being a candidate.

New Deal Strategies has been hired by Arizonan. This is the same team that planned the success of the 2022 campaign for Sen. John Fetterman (D.Pa.). Gallego Expected to follow a similar ideology, with a combination of a progressive background as well as populist economic messaging that targets the working class and avoiding less popular left-wing views.

Republicans might also have a contested primary. Senate Seat: Kari Lake (2022) gubernatorial candidate, 2022 Senate nominee Blake Masters and Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb are all potential candidates from the party’s Trumpist right-wing. Karrin Taylor Robson, who lost the GOP gubernatorial primary to Lake, is a potential nominee from the party’s establishment wing.