Arizona Democrats Are Playing Politics On Trade Deal

Two Arizona Democrats are playing politics on a historic trade deal as they seek re-election in competitive House districts. They are communicating in private with powerful unions while refusing to tell their constituents where they stand on the issue.

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) has privately signaled to unions that she will oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but has refused to publicly state her position on the topic only saying through a spokesman that she will make her stance public soon.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has previously told unions she was opposed to the deal, but after being personally pressured by President Obama to support the trade deal she is now undecided. Sinema declined to clarify her position and has been avoiding interviews.

Meanwhile Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director Rebekah Friend has said there could be political consequences for Democrats in the next election based on their votes.