Recently, the Bernie Sanders campaign has come under attack concerning his support of the Democratic Party as a whole. How can he be a Real Democrat™ if he isn’t raising money for down-ballot Democrats? Well, he is, as long as they’re the right kind of Democrat.
Sanders’ fundraising emails have recently started promoting other progressives, or Bernicrats, running for a seat in the U.S. congress this November. All of them are non-incumbents going up against Establishment-aligned forces. And all of them have been vocal in their support of Bernie’s policies.
There is Zephyr Teachout who “literally wrote the book on political corruption and is running for Congress in New York.”
Teachout is a law professor at Fordham University and has held the positions of both CEO and Board Chair for the anti-corruption nonprofit Mayday PAC. In 2014, she ran against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo in the primaries for the New York gubernatorial race. Though losing in the primary, she made out with 34 percent of the vote.
Joining her is Pramila Jayapal who “helped lead the fight for a $15 minimum wage and paid sick leave in Seattle, where she’s now running for Congress.”
Jayapal is an Indian-American activist who has served in the Washington State Senate since January of last year. Before that, she served as the founder and executive director of OneAmerica, an immigrant advocacy group. She declared her candidacy for Congress in January after Congressman Jim McDermott announced his retirement.
And rounding out the current trio of new Bernicrats is Lucy Flores, “a progressive champion running for Congress in Nevada”
Flores became one of first Latina members of the Nevada Assembly in 2010 and became vice chair of the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus in 2012. She considers education to be her greatest priority but is also a huge advocate for Hispanic and Women’s issues. In 2012, she was re-elected without opposition and became an assistant majority whip.
As it is still early in the campaign season for down-ballot races, there will surely be more to come out in due time.
Trying to accuse Bernie of not supporting other candidates was a strange move, to say the least. His campaign was always about starting a “political revolution” to get politicians into office who will support “We the People” instead of just special interest groups. He was never in this to fight a lone crusade.
To quote Bernie’s fundraising email:
Change almost never happens from the top down, it almost always occurs from the bottom up. I will do everything I can from the White House, but what this moment requires is people in the streets fighting for change and electing a Congress that is willing to stand with them.