Sunrise movement approves Sanders’ main ally, Nina Turner, to take U.S. House seat in Ohio
“Ohio’s 11th deserves a member of Congress who will be a strong supporter of the Green New Deal and progressive policies amid the twin economic and climate crises we face. Nina is that leader – she understands what our communities are going through and is not afraid to stand up and work against the grain when it comes to helping her people, ”said Shanté Wolfe, Director of Policy campaign of the Sunrise movement, in a press release.
Responding to this endorsement, Turner said, “I am extremely honored to have their endorsement. This is a group of young people and young neighbors who have been on a mission to tackle the climate chaos in this country and they were bold. about it. “
“The most important thing about the Sunrise Movement endorsement is its vision. They understand that we need to stop the climate chaos now for them and for generations to come,” she said.
“The Green New Deal also has a racial justice component, because we can really go to the communities that are suffering the most and revitalize those communities in a way that will not only green those communities but also get the jobs we need,” Turner added.
Turner also garnered support from Sanders and a number of other progressive leaders, including Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Cori Bush of Missouri, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Pramila Jayapal from Washington.
“I have come to know Nina Turner over the past five years. She cares deeply about working families and has a heart to be an effective and unwavering fighter for them in Congress,” Sanders said in December.
Turner led Our Revolution, the outside group that emerged from Sanders’ 2016 campaign, before taking time off to become co-chair of her 2020 race. She was also former President Barack Obama’s delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions. .
Since its inception in 2017, Sunrise has supported a number of key progressive challengers with Democratic incumbents, including Bush and Bowman. But the group also rallied around Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, co-author of the Green New Deal who became the progressive frontrunner when former Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy tried to end his decades in power.
CNN’s Gregory Krieg contributed to this report.