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Former Bernie Sanders Staffers Speak Out: We’re Backing Other 2020 Democrats

“I think that if a younger candidate can pick up the mantle and have Bernie’s support, I think that would be a better option for 2020,” one former Sanders staffer said.

By NTK Staff | 10.18.2018 @11:00am
Former Bernie Sanders Staffers Speak Out: We’re Backing Other 2020 Democrats

If Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) decides to run for president again in 2020, many of the individuals who worked on his campaign in 2016 may well be working against him this time around.

According to interviews of more than a dozen former Sanders staffers, Politico reported Thursday that “many” are hoping to work for “a different progressive champion to finish what Sanders started.”

If Sanders is content with that being his legacy, then there’s no problem. But Sanders has indicated he may be interested in another White House run.

At age 75, with a whole host of likely liberal candidates running this time, and the novelty of his message gone, the challenges for a Sanders 2020 run are rapidly stacking up.

And it appears nobody knows that better than his former staffers.

“I think that if a younger candidate can pick up the mantle and have Bernie’s support, I think that would be a better option for 2020. I feel like 60 to 70 percent of former staffers are looking around for another Bernie-esque candidate this time around, even if it’s not him,” said Daniel Deriso, a field organizer for Sanders’ 2016 campaign who went on to help run a successful insurgent mayoral campaign in Birmingham, Ala., last year. “But if Bernie called me to have me work on the campaign then I’d do it.”

Some are even overtly asking about other candidates and campaigns:

“I’ve had a few people reach out and be like, ‘How do I reach out to Warren?’” said one former Sanders staffer. “Some of the Sanders stalwarts, not just staff but high-profile supporters, aren’t necessarily in the bag for 2020.”

For young, far-left liberal campaign staffers, there will be many options for candidates next year: Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) included. How Sanders fits into that mix remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain: he won’t have Hillary Clinton to beat up on anymore. And that will make his challenge that much more difficult.

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