Harris adds endorsement from 7th Congressional Black Caucus member

Harris adds endorsement from 7th Congressional Black Caucus member

Rep. Jahana HayesJahana HayesIlhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley dance to Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' in video Democratic rep slams news outlets for 'exaggerated headlines' about threats Lawmakers put spotlight on youth homelessness MORE (D-Conn.) on Wednesday endorsed Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisClinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Poll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Trump declines to participate in Weather Channel 2020 climate change special MORE's presidential bid, becoming the seventh Congressional Black Caucus member to throw her support behind the California Democrat. 

Hayes outlined her support for Harris in an op-ed for Essence, citing the senator's background and policy agenda. 

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"Kamala Harris is the perfect antidote to our current President’s false narratives," Hayes wrote. 

"With her intellect, strength and empathy at the helm, we can work to be better together," she added. "Senator Harris has laid out a powerful and bold vision for this country that is inclusive of everyone’s lived experience and grounded in the belief that success should not be defined by race, gender, socioeconomic status or zip code."

Hayes wrote that Harris's experience being part of the second class to be integrated at her school, which Harris brought up during last week's Democratic debate, "resonated" with her. 

She also cited Harris's policies promoting teacher raises and tax credit for rent as well as her organizing efforts at historically black colleges and universities. 

"What is missing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a leader and a fighter–a leader to work in the best interest of the American public and a fighter for the rights of all those in pursuit of the American dream," Hayes wrote.

Harris, following a debate performance in which she went after front-runner former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Warren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE's civil rights record, has been experiencing a bump in the polls

She is among more than two dozen people competing for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination.