Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has risen to prominence on the Democratic Socialist platform Sen. Bernie Sanders popularized, and has even campaigned with Sanders — but she’s not ready to endorse him for president, according to Politico.
Ocasio-Cortez, who was an organizer for Sanders’ 2016 bid, will wait and see which way the wind is blowing in the Democratic Party instead.
“She’ll see what the field looks like,” said Ocasio-Cortez’s communications director, Corbin Trent. “She’s focused on 2018, [Bernie’s] focused on 2018. We’re all focused on 2018.”
Why wouldn’t she endorse him?
The revelation from Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign was first reported in a Politico article with the premise that those who supported Sanders in 2016 are potentially looking past him to a fresher representative of his cause.
“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.
Because Sanders’ campaign in 2016 was so popular, the entire Democratic Party has shifted left, resulting in the potential for more candidates who share Sanders’ views — views that are no longer considered as radical as they were in 2016 when Sanders was a sharp contrast to Hillary Clinton.
“All the former staff I’ve talked to agree Bernie should focus on making sure the nominee is someone who continues what he started,” said Keegan Goudiss, Sanders’ digital advertising director in 2016, according to Politico.
Ocasio-Cortez’s relationship with Sanders
Sanders did not endorse Ocasio-Cortez in her primary run against New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley, who she defeated in the state’s 14th District primary.
Still, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez took their star power on the road to campaign together for numerous candidates around the country, boosting some Democratic Socialist midterm candidates to wins, although not every time.
(H/T Fox News)