The liberal darling announced he’s backing the candidate most closely emulating Sanders’ own rhetoric…
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced Tuesday he is backing former Congressman Tom Perriello in the Virginia gubernatorial Democratic primary.
“We need to elect progressives at every level of government if we are going to beat back the dangerous agenda of the Trump Administration and its Republican allies,” Sanders said in a statement Tuesday. “Tom is committed to fighting the rigged economy and income inequality. He was the first major statewide candidate in Virginia to run on a $15 minimum wage and the first to say two years of community college should be tuition-free.”
If that sounds familiar, it’s because that language is nearly verbatim what Sanders campaigned on in the 2016 Democratic primary for president.
The endorsement shouldn’t come as a surprise. Perriello’s campaign manager worked for Sanders in New Hampshire – a state he carried by 22 points in the primary last year.
Perriello also hired Leah Greenberg to be his policy director. Greenberg previously founded the Indivisible Project – “a nonprofit dedicated to empowering grassroots activists to resist the Trump agenda.”
The influence of Greenberg could explain why Perriello compared the election of Donald Trump to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in which nearly 3,000 Americans died.
With these moves and the endorsement of Sanders, it’s clear Perriello is not fighting for the “middle ground” in Virginia.
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