Pressley is latest 'squad' member to back Turner in Ohio special election

Pressley is latest 'squad' member to back Turner in Ohio special election
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Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyClimate advocates turn sights on Wall Street House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday threw her support behind former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner (D) in her bid to represent the Ohio's 11th Congressional District.

“If we are going to make real progress on the urgent crises facing all of our communities, we need lawmakers who are committed to legislating boldly - that's Nina,” Pressley said in a statement endorsing Turner. 

Pressey said Turner, who previously served as a national co-chair of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Study finds Pfizer vaccine almost 91 percent effective for 5 to 11 year olds The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Democratic frustration with Sinema rises MORE's (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign, has been “unapologetic in her advocacy and her vision for the communities” in her district.

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“As I’ve always said, policy is my love language, and I know Nina shares my belief in what we can accomplish when we create policies intentionally and in deep partnership with the community. I’m proud to endorse her candidacy, and look forward to working with her in Congress,” she added in a statement obtained by The Hill.

The endorsement makes Pressley the latest member of the progressive group of female congresswomen — which also includes Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHouse progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Schumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race Toomey takes aim at Schumer's spending windfall for NYC public housing MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDozens of Democrats call for spending bill to pass 'climate test' House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibClimate advocates turn sights on Wall Street House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' MORE (D-Mich.) — to back Turner in the race.

Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and Tlaib have already endorsed Turner. First-term Reps. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) have also backed the former state senator. 

Pressley’s endorsement brings the total number of congressional members who have endorsed Turner’s candidacy to 14.

Turner thanked Pressley for the endorsement in a statement and said she was “truly grateful” for the congresswoman’s support.

“Like me, Congresswoman Pressley leans on her own life experiences to create informed policies that speak to the needs of the people she serves,” Turner said.

“I look forward to working side by side with her in congress to take full advantage of this opportunity to go bold on behalf of the people,” she said.

Turner is running to fill the opening left by former Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeToomey takes aim at Schumer's spending windfall for NYC public housing Powell death leads to bipartisan outpouring of grief Ethics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act MORE (D-Ohio), who vacated the seat when President BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE tapped her to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Turner faces a crowded Democratic field in the special election to fill the seat. According to local media, more than a dozen Democrats are expected to be on the ballot when the primary takes place in early August. The special election for the seat has been set for November.

Her opponents include Cuyahoga County Council Representative Shontel Brown, who drew the backing of former secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonI voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary Meghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' MORE in the race earlier this month.