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 SandersTrump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Sanders tells Maher 'there will be a number of plans' to remove Trump if he loses Sirota reacts to report of harassment, doxing by Harris supporters MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds On The Money: Half of states deplete funds for Trump's 0 unemployment expansion | EU appealing ruling in Apple tax case | House Democrats include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package Warren, Khanna request IG investigation into Pentagon's use of coronavirus funds 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-CortezWill Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline McCarthy says there will be a peaceful transition if Biden wins 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 BidenBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Joe Biden should enact critical government reforms if he wins 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.