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Former Sanders spokesperson: Nina Turner House candidacy 'very exciting prospect' for the left

Briahna Joy Gray, a former spokesperson for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSocially-distanced 'action figure' photo of G7 leaders goes viral Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Overnight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, said the liberal wing of the Democratic Party would be excited by the prospect of former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner (D) running for the House seat that could be vacated by Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeOn The Money: Democrats wary of emerging bipartisan infrastructure deal, warn of time crunch Progressives relish return to in-person events On The Money: Key takeaways from May jobs report | Biden rejects new GOP infrastructure offer as talks drag on MORE (D-Ohio). 

“I think it’s a very exciting prospect for a lot of folks on the left,” Gray said Wednesday on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”

Turner and Joy worked together during Turner’s time as a co-chair of Sanders’s campaign and has been floated as a contender for Fudge’s Cleveland-area district.

Fudge is expected to be tapped as President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenEx-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' News leaders deal with the post-Trump era MORE’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, setting up a special election for her seat.

Turner earned a national platform during Sanders's campaign as one of his most prominent surrogates, and Gray said she has retained credibility with the left as a result.

“After Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in the spring, a lot of people on the left have been looking for someone who can fill his shoes, who can be a figurehead in what is now a very leaderless movement,” she said. “And Sen. Turner is one of the few figures who is still perceived to be uncompromising and really firmly committed to the values that made Bernie Sanders so popular.”