Sen. Bernie Sanders picked up his second congressional endorsement today, as Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) endorsed the Independent for the Democratic nomination.
Rep. Ellison, who is the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, wrote, “I’m endorsing Bernie because he is talking about the issues that are important to American families,” Ellison said. “His candidacy is important for many reasons, but I believe the most important part of his candidacy is that it has the ability to create a renaissance in voter participation, which was at its lowest in decades this past election cycle. We’ve all seen the massive crowds he is attracting, and I think that is a testament to his message connecting with people – people we will need to turn out in November.”
Rep. Ellison joins his fellow co-chair of the CPC, Raúl Grijalva, as the first two members of Congress to endorse Sen. Sanders’ campaign.
Sanders responded to Ellison’s endorsement by saying, “Keith Ellison is one of the great progressive leaders in the country leading the fight for the rights of working families and the environment. I look forward to working with him to create a government which represents all Americans and not just the billionaires.”
Congressional endorsements are vital for the Sanders campaign as Hillary Clinton has been piling up endorsements from superdelegates for months.
Bernie Sanders is being joined by progressive members of Congress who are also sick of the politics as usual. The political revolution that Sen. Sanders is leading is gaining allies. If the government is going to be taken from the billionaires and returned to the people, it be members of Congress like Ellison and Sanders who will lead the charge.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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