Ex-Sanders aide criticizes Super PAC formed by senator's former staffers

Nina Turner, former co-chairwoman of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRestless progressives eye 2024 Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, on Thursday said that she does not support her former colleagues who are creating Super PACS to support Democrats in the upcoming general election. 

Jeff Weaver, a former senior aide of the Sanders campaign, announced Wednesday the launch of a Super PAC aimed at rallying progressives behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony MORE.

One of the major pillars of the Sanders campaign was its rejection of big-dollar donations and PAC money. 

“I don’t support the creation of that Super PAC; the senator certainly does not support the creation of that Super PAC either,” Turner said on Hill TV’s “Rising” Thursday. 

The Super PAC will include Chuck Rocha, a senior Sanders adviser who led the campaign’s Latino outreach, Tim Tagaris, who was in charge of Sanders’s digital fundraising operations, and Shelli Jackson, the Sanders campaign’s deputy director in California. 

“We are trying to get big money out of politics, so this does that movement no good. And for it to be so close to the Sanders movement is really heartbreaking,” said Turner. 

Turner said she expects the majority of Sanders supporters and campaign staff to also oppose the PACs. 

“I cannot tell you how many emails I’ve gotten from people who are very much upset about this move,” Turner said. “But you know, everybody gets to choose their path, so that is their right to do that, even though there are many of us in the movement who do not agree with it. 

“Progressives on the Bernie left, most of them, are not going to be supportive of that action and will most likely not donate to that PAC because it's the antithesis of what the Sanders campaign was fighting for. It goes against every single edict of that campaign,” Turner added.