“This is our time to fulfill all the promises we have made,” said Emily Kirkland, executive director of Progress Arizona. “He just stood there that way, without making it clear what he wanted.”
“It gives itself up to instability,” Kirkland said, referring to the filibuster. “We need to have a plan to send a party to DC, and they can create an agenda.”
Part of the public controversy over the Cinema platform stems from his past as a Green Party representative in the early 2000s and a free agent who fought for LBBT rights and fought against controversial laws leading to Arizona.
In time, he developed a bipartisan viewpoint and accompanied her when she was selected to go to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. In Washington, he joined centrist groups, such as the Blue Dog Coalition and built relationships in the area.
Brianna Westbrook, a progressive voter and captain in Arizona, reflected on the work of Cinema standing outside the terrace of the Main Ingredient in Phoenix, a restaurant near the former Congress.
“He’s never been in the crowd. Now,” said Westbrook, who also fought for Cinema in 2018. “And he has shown that he cannot lead if his party is in a majority.”
Westbrook said he and other voters who supported the Cinema are now feeling betrayed. “He used everyone as a ladder to climb to a position of power.”
It’s not just progress they feel dissatisfied with Sinema’s performance. On the other side of the patio at The Main Ingredient was Fran Williams, a voter sitting with his beer, a dog named Luke and some friends. Williams described himself as a democratic Democrat who voted for the late Republican Sen. John McCain.
More than anything, Williams feels that Style has not communicated clearly enough with its communities.
“He’s going to have to make some amazing changes to get our support,” Williams said. “People are not happy with him.”
When asked to comment on the views of the invitees, John LaBombard, a spokesman for the Cinema, stated in a statement that “Kyrsten has always assured the Arizonans that he will be an independent voice of the government – not a political party.”
“He was brought to that promise and has always been honest about where he stands,” he added.
The tension from voting in the central Democratic Republic is understandable, but it is also a reflection of the harsh political climate that now explains the ever-changing nature of Arizona: Progressives feel they are not free enough, protesters feel inadequate, and many Republicans now find themselves embracing Democrats.
This includes Kristina Murray of Buckeye, Arizona, who came to see her 15-year-old son play baseball on a field in Scottsdale. Murray, not too angry about any party, voted for former President Donald Trump and considers himself a Republican. He said he was impressed by the way cinema was working to promote his party.
“We want someone who is independent to think, don’t we? We don’t want anyone to be the key to their party,” he said. “Because then you are giving it a state of mind, rather than measurement, intelligence, and a method of analysis.”
CNN spoke to a number of Republicans who valued cinematic writing but acknowledged that it would not be enough to support him in 2024 over Republicans. It’s a progressive idea that keeps coming – The movie is inviting voters in a way that will never vote for him, no matter what he does.
Murray, however, disagreed and said he would be “allowed” to vote to be elected.
“I’m not that tough,” he said. “You know if you give good advice, I don’t care what party you come from.”
CNN’s Clare Foran contributed to this report.