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Progressives rally around Turner's House bid

Progressives rally around Turner's House bid
© Greg Nash

Progressives rallied around former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner (D) on Tuesday after she announced she will run for Rep. Marcia Fudge’s (D-Ohio) House seat.

Turner, a former co-chair for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Biden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal Former Sanders spokesperson: Progressives 'shouldn't lose sight' of struggling Americans during pandemic MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, is a favorite among the progressive base and saw her stock rise as one of the Vermont senator’s top surrogates in 2016 and 2020. Activists had pushed for her to run for Congress after President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE selected Fudge to serve as his Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary, likely opening up a vacancy in Fudge’s deep-blue, Cleveland-area district. 

Several high-profile progressives quickly lined up behind Turner, including Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaHouse Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis House impeaches Trump for second time — with some GOP support Stacey Abrams gets kudos for work in Georgia runoff election MORE (D-Calif.), another former co-chair of Sanders’s campaign.

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.@ninaturner will bring a phenomenal commitment to a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All, and free public college to Congress,” he tweeted. “I am all in for her. This is an endorsement of conviction for me.”

Minnesota Attorney General (D) Keith EllisonKeith EllisonMinnesota bar vows to stay open despite lawsuit, ban on indoor dining More than 150 Minnesota businesses vow to defy governor's shutdown order Progressives rally around Turner's House bid MORE hailed Turner's bid as "great news," tweeting, "I endorse Nina and I hope you do too." 

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Our Revolution, a top progressive advocacy organization, added it was “excited to organize” for Turner. 

The swift endorsements underscore the support Turner has cultivated over four years as a top progressive figure. Should she also be able to tap into the small-dollar fundraising machine that Sanders helped construct since 2016, she will also be in a strong financial position heading into the Democratic primary.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineRepublicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Shellshocked GOP ponders future with Trump Governors respond to violence at Capitol MORE (R) will have to set a date for a special election to fill Fudge’s seat should she be confirmed to be HUD secretary, but the Democratic primary is already expected to be crowded for a district in which winning the nomination is essentially a ticket to Congress.

Shontel Brown, the leader of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, has already said she will run if Fudge is confirmed, and former Cleveland city councilman Jeff Johnson is also expected to run, already taking aim at Turner by suggesting she wouldn’t work with Biden.

Turner was a frequent critic of Biden during the primary election but defended her credentials in an interview with Politico and noted that Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOn The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits Biden scolds Republicans for not wearing masks during Capitol attack Biden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs MORE was also one of the president-elect’s detractors on the campaign trail. 

“Trying to make the Democratic Party better and insist very strongly that it answers to the cries of the people — to me that’s what being a Democrat is, not just going along to get along,” she said. “The partnership between President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris shows that people can have their differences. … [She] called out the vice president on his record on race with substance — very strongly, she did — and look at their partnership now.”