Employees at a top Democratic consulting firm are revolting over their work for Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s reelection campaign, Politico reports.
"I am doing the devils work,” one employee at Authentic, a prominent firm, said in internal union messages.
“I feel sick about it tbh,” another employee complained.
“Ugh, not a good look. I feel like we have clients who would consider leaving us if they realize we work for her…” another employee wrote after Sinema refused to back changes to the filibuster rule to advance voting rights legislation. The staffer wrote that Sinema was effectively “letting Jim Crow 2.0 become a reality” and questioned whether the senator would reconsider if “literally no one in democratic politics wants to work with her anymore.”
“For me, the bigger question is how long until we become known as the team behind KS and it impacts all of our reputations regardless if we worked on the account,” another employee wrote.
“It doesn’t seem like anyone is comfortable working on her account at this point,” another said.
Top Democratic firm:
Sinema’s campaign has paid Authentic nearly $480,000 for digital consulting and fundraising.
The firm, which was launched in 2018, has worked on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ presidential campaigns.
It also worked for Democratic like California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Montana Sen. Jon Tester, and New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.
The firm also works for groups that have clashed with Sinema.
One client, Patients for Affordable Drugs, pushed for legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices before Sinema gutted the bill and drastically limited the number of drugs that could be negotiated.
Another client, Voto Latino, recently announced a six-figure ad buy to back a primary challenger to Sinema.
Firm tried to defuse tensions:
The firm’s management has tried to reduce tensions, arguing that Sinema’s seat is vital to protect the Democrats’ majority in Congress.
The firm also allowed employees to stop working on the Sinema account if they feel uncomfortable.
Sinema’s team offered to set up a meeting with the firm’s CEO and employees on the account but the employees declined.
“The Authentic Union views Sen. Sinema’s recent actions to block voting rights legislation as an affront to their company’s values, which they’re proud of and committed to upholding,” the union said in a statement.