Sanders, Warren endorse progressive candidate for Queens district attorney

Sanders, Warren endorse progressive candidate for Queens district attorney
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Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Study finds Pfizer vaccine almost 91 percent effective for 5 to 11 year olds The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Democratic frustration with Sinema rises MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSinema's office outlines opposition to tax rate hikes The CFPB's data overreach hurts the businesses it claims to help Runaway higher ed spending gains little except endless student debt MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday both endorsed Tiffany Cabán in the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney as the two Democratic presidential rivals seek to shore up support among progressives.

“Bernie spoke with Tiffany Cabán and was impressed. We had already communicated our endorsement, but per their request, we waited to roll it out until it best suited the campaign strategy. With all that said, vote for @CabanForQueens!” tweeted Faiz Shakir, Sanders’s presidential campaign manager.

“I’m proud to endorse Tiffany Cabán for Queens DA in New York. @CabanForQueens will fight for working families and work to end mass incarceration. Make sure you get out and vote for Tiffany next Tuesday, June 25th," Warren tweeted.

Besides Sanders and Warren, progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHouse progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Schumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race Toomey takes aim at Schumer's spending windfall for NYC public housing MORE (D-N.Y.) has also thrown her support behind Cabán, a 31-year-old Latina career public defender.

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The endorsements are likely to raise Cabán’s profile ahead of the seven-candidate primary election on June 25. The contenders are fighting to succeed the late district attorney Richard Brown, who died last month at the age of 86.

Cabán has endorsed progressive platforms like closing the Rikers Island prison, eliminating cash bail for all crimes and decriminalizing prostitution. She has also received the backing of progressive groups like the Democratic Socialists of America, VOCAL-NY, Real Justice PAC and the Working Families Party.

Sanders and Warren are currently battling in the 2020 primary for the progressive vote as they also seek to overtake front-runner Joe BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE in the polls. Sanders still leads Warren in many polls, but the Massachusetts Democrat has enjoyed a recent surge after the release of a slate of detailed policy platforms.