I am someone who has always preached party unity. Since U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I. VT) endorsed Joe Biden, I am more than happy to return the favor by not only helping candidates flip seats but also help Sanders’ allies stay in Congress. Received this e-mail today from Senator Sanders in support of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D. NY-14), Ilhan Omar (D. MN-05), and Rashida Tlaib’s (D. MI-13) re-election campaigns:
As you know, our campaign for president was never just about winning the White House. It was about growing a movement that can stand up to the corporate elite of this country and create a government that works for all of us.
That work is more important today than ever before.
So today I am asking you to support some extraordinary congresswomen — and important leaders of our movement — to ensure they can continue fighting for our values in Congress.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is up against several primary opponents, many corporate-funded, who are desperate to defeat one of the most progressive members of the House. Her victory shocked the establishment in 2018, and now it is up to us to help her win again in 2020.
Ilhan Omar and I have worked on a number of important issues in Congress, including canceling student debt, providing school meals year-round to students, and protecting workers' rights. She is a courageous leader who is leading our movement in the House.
Rashida Tlaib won her primary election in 2018 by just 887 votes, and now she is facing a primary challenge from the same establishment-backed opponent. This could be another very close race, which is why we must come together to stand with Rashida.
Let me be very clear: If we are serious about building a political revolution — and continuing our fight for economic justice, social justice, racial justice, and environmental justice — we need people like Alexandria, Ilhan and Rashida representing our progressive values in Congress.
Now, I understand that times are tough right now and you may not be able to give. But if you can afford to, please consider making a contribution to their campaigns.
Thank you for all you have done to advance our movement. Our work is far from over, and it means a lot to know we are still in this together.