- Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, worked as a wine intern in 2020.
- She has not returned to her wine job in 2021, according to new federal disclosures.
- Sinema earned a reputation as one of the most unconventional members of the Senate.
Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is no longer in the business of California vineyards, at least for now.
Sinema reported no wine-related salaries in 2021, according to his annual Personal Financial Disclosure Report filed Tuesday with Congress.
Such news would be quite expected for most senators. But Sinema isn’t most senators, having earned $1,117.40 in August 2020 from her job as a harvert intern at Three Sticks Winery in Sonoma, Calif.
“Kyrsten worked the harvest for Three Sticks Winery and, per California law, was paid an entry-level harvest rate,” Sinema representative Hannah Hurley told Insider. Hurley added that the Senate Ethics Committee pre-approved Sinema’s work.
A Sinema representative could not immediately be reached for comment on the latest disclosure.
Three Stick Winery describes their Harvest Internship as a two-week job for people who are “passionate about wine, detail-oriented, enthusiastic about hard work and with a positive attitude.”
He says the interns “will help with all facets of harvesting work, including cleaning and sanitizing equipment, sorting fruit, pigeages, base additions and managing fermentations as instructed by the winemaker. , the work of the barrels and other tasks related to the cellar”.
Winemaker Ryan Prichard told Insider that “Kyrsten works extremely hard and is a fantastic part of our team.”
However, Sinema did not completely end her relationship with Three Sticks Winery after her internship. In August 2021, his re-election campaign bought a “virtual wine and tasting kit” from the winery in August 2021, according to federal records.
Sinema worked on one side in 2021, earning an “approved tuition fee” of $22,964.93 at Arizona State University, according to his disclosure.
She also reported a student loan balance between $15,001 and $50,000.
Sinema has become an outcast among many of her fellow Democrats for her idiosyncratic policy stances, which include her refusal to help kill the Senate filibuster that is preventing the Liberals from acting on one of the administration’s many priorities. Biden, from the right to vote to the right to abortion.
Rep. Ruben Gallego — a fellow Democrat from Arizona and potential Sinema’s top challenger in 2024 — even sponsored Facebook ads on Tuesday that berated Sinema.
“Tell Congress – and Senator Sinema – that it is time to pass legislation codifying Roe v. Wade as the law of the land and that no filibuster from ANY senator should stop it,” said the ad, paid for by the Gallego campaign committee.