Recently, Democratic Congresswoman Katie Porter has been accused of living in the limelight rather than representing the people of Orange County. Constituents are turning to the media, the very place Porter gained celebrity, to voice their concerns.
Porter’s numerous appearances on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” “Katy Tur Reports,” “Stephanie Ruhle Reports,” “American Voices,” and many other programs position her in front of a national audience. Her image has transformed from local progressive activist to mainstream media starlet.
The audience of MSNBC is primarily left-leaning individuals. As a result, she is missing independents and right-leaning who live in Orange County when she appears on programs similar to this one. Her appearances on MSNBC have boosted her popularity among the left, generating $14.5 million in campaign contributions for her reelection bid.
Compare Porter to another person in her own party: Democratic Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Sinema has rarely opted to be on the airwaves of MSNBC, CNN, or Fox News. Sinema told Politico that she doesn’t think her constituents care about what her opinion is on “palace intrigue.”
“Bipartisanship is always my first choice,” Sinema told Politico. “I also want to make sure that we’re getting stuff done for Arizonans.”
Porter is up for reelection in 2022. Whether or not her multitude of live hits will help her with Orange County residents is still up in the air.