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 SandersWarren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash 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-CortezSanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Ocasio-Cortez: 'Won't you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway' House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump 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 BidenPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Trump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr 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.