Sanders surrogate Nina Turner considering run for Fudge seat: report

Sanders surrogate Nina Turner considering run for Fudge seat: report
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Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator and prominent ally to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Feehery: 8 reasons why Biden should take the bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (I-Vt.), is reportedly considering a congressional run.

Two sources close to the matter told Politico for a report Tuesday that the Democrat has considered running for Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeOn The Money: Powell says pickup in job gains likely this fall | Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling HUD secretary links student loan debt to decline in Black homeownership MORE’s (D-Ohio) House seat should Fudge join the incoming Biden administration.

“Currently, there is no vacancy in the district and if it becomes vacant, things will unfold as they should,” Turner told the outlet.


Turner, 53, added when pressed, “Well, there’s been an outcry for me to at least consider it. You know, I’m a public servant through and through, but I’m just going to leave it there for now.”

Fudge has been floated as a potential pick to join President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE's Cabinet, with major unions putting their support behind her to lead the Department of Agriculture.

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) predicted Tuesday that Fudge would be appointed to Biden’s Cabinet, even if it was not as Agriculture secretary.

“Look for her to be in the Cabinet,” Clyburn said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." “It may not be at Agriculture, but she will be nominated to be in the Cabinet.”

United Food and Commercial Workers also touted Fudge in a letter, calling her "a fierce advocate for those who find themselves in hard times."

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaPublic option fades with little outcry from progressives Democrats shift tone on unemployment benefits Khanna outlines how progressives will push in climate infrastructure proposal MORE (D-Calif.), who worked with Turner as a Sanders campaign co-chair, voiced his support for a potential Turner congressional campaign.


“I have encouraged her to run if the seat is open as that is her congressional district and she would have the immediate support of the national Bernie movement,” Khanna told Politico. “She’d be a fantastic ally for the movement in Congress.”

Turner previously served as an Ohio state senator from 2008 to 2014, representing the Cleveland area.

Politico noted that Turner could have access to the more than $200 million raised by the Sanders campaign during the Democratic primaries. She has also developed her own following while on the campaign trail for Sanders and could benefit from Sanders campaign staffers and contacts.

Sanders ally Rep.-elect Cori Bush (D-Mo.) lauded the potential for Turner to run to fill a potential vacancy in Ohio's 11th District, tweeting, “If this actually becomes a thing, my amazing sis @ninaturner must run! It would be a dream to work alongside her in Congress.”