Mar 22, 2021
Giving yet another boost to a progressive campaign that has resonated far beyond the borders of Ohio's 11th Congressional District, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday endorsed former Ohio state senator and 2020 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign co-chair Nina Turner for the U.S. House of Representatives.
"I look to working together to build a democracy where no child goes hungry, no worker earns a starvation wage, and where every business respects our planet."
In a statement first reported by The 19th, Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said she was "proud" to endorse Turner, whom she called "a bold, unapologetic progressive who has spent her entire career advocating for the working people of Northeast Ohio, and a powerful voice for progressive values and policies that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of working people across this country--like Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and a Green New Deal."
"I need her alongside me in Congress in the fight for racial, economic, social, and environmental justice," Ocasio-Cortez added.
In response, Turner tweeted that she is "honored" by the endorsement.
"I look to working together to build a democracy where no child goes hungry, no worker earns a starvation wage, and where every business respects our planet," said Turner. "It's time to build an America as good as its promise."
\u201cI am honored to have the support of @AOC. I look forward to working together to build a democracy where no child goes hungry, no worker earns a starvation wage, and where every business respects our planet.\n\nIt\u2019s time to build an America as good as its promise \ud83d\udc9c\u270a\ud83c\udffe\u201d— Nina Turner (@Nina Turner) 1616425035
Turner is running for the House seat left vacant by President Joe Biden's appointment of former Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) as secretary of housing and urban development. In addition to serving in the Ohio state senate and her leading role on Sanders' (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, Turner is also a former Cleveland city councillor and former president of the Sanders-affiliated Our Revolution political action committee.
Known for championing progressive policies as well as for electrifying speeches at Sanders rallies--which usually kicked off with her trademark "Hello, Somebody!" greeting--Turner enjoys tremendous grassroots support across the nation, which has translated into a massive, small donor-driven fundraising lead over her primary opponents.
Turner has won the endorsements of Sanders as well as Reps. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Andy Levin (D-Mich.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and organizations including Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, Progressive Democrats of America, and the Working Families Party.
Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) announced a special primary will be held on August 3, with the election for Fudge's vacated seat to be held on November 2.
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