Top Democrats Make Closing Pitch In Hotly Contested Ohio Primary

House Majority Whip James Clyburn stumped for Shontel Brown, while Bernie Sanders headlined a rally for Nina Turner.

8/1/2021 7:42:00 PM

House Majority Whip James Clyburn stumped for Shontel Brown, while Bernie Sanders headlined a rally for Nina Turner.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn stumped for Shontel Brown, while Sen. Bernie Sanders headlined a rally for Nina Turner.

Alongside a cast of state and local elected officials and rank-and-file activists, Sen.Bernie Sanders(I-Vt.), Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, and public intellectual Cornel West made the case to a rally of some 900 people that electing former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District is an essential next step in the fight for a more just and equitable country.

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Sanders began by offering a variety of reasons he might have come to speak on Turner’s behalf, including his loyalty to her as a friend and his admiration for her personality.Then he revealed a more important factor. “The real reason I am here ― and I speak as chairperson of the Senate Budget Committee ― is we desperately need her in the U.S. Congress,” he declared to loud cheers.

Michael M. Santiago/Getty ImagesMinnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (center left) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (center right) march to the polls with congressional candidate Nina Turner (center) on Saturday.Sanders went on to elaborate what he meant: that Turner, a seasoned Ohio politician-turned-Sanders ally, would fight alongside Sanders and other left-leaning lawmakers to wring every possible inch of progress out of Democrats’ control of the White House and Congress.

With her help ― and occasional pressure ― Sanders vowed, President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats would, among other things, make the expanded child tax credit permanent, adopt universal pre-K and paid family leave, and create a civilian climate corps to combat climate change and create good-paying jobs.

Sanders then yielded the floor to Turner, who demonstrated her commitment to that agenda with the gusto that made her a favorite campaign surrogate of Sanders supporters during his 2016 and 2020 presidential primaries.“When I think about my two grandbabies that came out on stage, and my son, I do think about making America as good as its promise,” Turner said. “And I’m not just doing that for mine ― I want yours and yours and yours and yours and yours and yours. We can’t leave anybody out! All of us together.”

A few hours later at the Grace Missionary Baptist Church several miles east of downtown, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty (Ohio), House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (Miss.), and Rep. Gregory Meeks (N.Y.) delivered an equally urgent pitch in favor of Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown.

Why are they spending all of that money on little old me? ... They like the way things are now.Nina Turner, candidate, Ohio's 11th Congressional DistrictBut their case for Brown, a more moderate Democrat seeking the party’s nomination for the congressional seat, could not have been more different than the progressive headliners’ case for Turner.

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Neither the senior Black members of Congress nor Brown said much about Brown’s policy proposals.Instead, they cast her as a person of faith and integrity capable of expanding the cohesion and power of the Congressional Black Caucus.Meeks, chairman of the CBC’s political action committee, noted that the CBC has reached both an unprecedented size and level of influence, counting 58 members, six of whom chair House committees.

“We’re talking about power,” he said. “We need somebody to build on to that power, collectively building that base, to make sure that tomorrow is better than today.”Another major theme of their speeches was the need for a member of Congress worthy of succeeding the legendary Black lawmakers who have represented Cleveland in the House since the 1960s: Louis Stokes, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and Marcia Fudge, whose selection as Housing and Urban Development secretary created the vacancy that Turner and Brown are competing to fill.

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