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BREAKING: Bernie Sanders Endorses Tom Perriello for Governor of Virginia


I was wondering if Bernie Sanders would endorse Tom Perriello for governor of Virginia, but was thinking he might just stay out of it. Well…guess what? The question is, how big a deal is this? I’ve always felt that if Perriello were endorsed by Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama, that would be “yuge,” so to speak. To date, Perriello has now been endorsed by a slew of Obama staffers and also now by Sanders. Is an Obama endorsement coming? Stay tuned…

Sanders Endorses Perriello for Governor of Virginia

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement Tuesday endorsing Tom Perriello for governor of Virginia:

“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. Now more than ever we need people in elected office who will fight for middle-income and working families. That’s why I am so pleased today to endorse Tom Perriello for governor of Virginia.

“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. He is standing up to fossil fuel corporations and special interests in opposing two fracked gas pipelines that would cut across Virginia. He thrust criminal justice reform and ending our school-to-prison pipeline to the forefront of the race.

“At a time when the Trump administration and congressional Republicans are fighting to destroy the Affordable Care Act, Tom is one who fought hard for its passage when he was a member of Congress. He is a committed progressive who will stand up for working families in Richmond.”

  • Perriello statement:

    “Bernie Sanders has spent his career fighting for working families against a rigged system,” said Perriello. “We need to unite the Democratic Party behind an agenda of inclusive economic growth, that leaves no community, race, or region behind. That starts with raising wages, taking on corporate consolidation in the economy, and making two years of community college debt-free. Bernie has electrified a movement of Americans ready to take on our biggest challenges, including inequality and corruption, and I’m proud to have his support in my campaign.”

  • Another Scott

    Meh. I’m not sure this is a good thing for Tom. Bernie is polarizing within the Democratic Party (to put it mildly). I don’t think we want this race to be turned into another battle between Bernie Supporters and “the Establishment” (or whatever).

    If Bernie tries to turn this race into another litmus test about “true Progressives” vs Not, I’m going to be even more annoyed with him. This race isn’t about Bernie and his PAC. (We need to remember that Bernie (still) isn’t a Democrat.) This race is about finding the best possible state-wide message and the better candidate to push that message and make a wave to throw as many Republicans out of office in Virginia as possible. Anything that makes that effort harder should be fought tooth-and-nail.

    Tom and Ralph are both good candidates and both have a few flaws. Either would do well as governor. But one of them must win in the fall.

    My $0.02.


    • NoToGMOs

      Does it really matter whether Bernie carries the label of “Democrat”? Isn’t it more important that he, the most popular politician in the country currently, is the only one able to bring millions of new voters into the Democratic fold? Not to mention, his is the best possible message that appeals to voters of all demographics? A message that is genuine and not crafted simply to draw in votes?

      An endorsement from Bernie is huge (or “yuge” as he would say!). I don’t consider it polarizing at all.

      • notjohnsmosby

        Do you really think that Bernie is the most popular politician in the country? A majority of Dems despise the guy, and I’m pretty sure Republicans don’t care for him either.

        • Sanders is at 61%-32%, according to this poll (late March 2017). Also see FOX NEWS POLL: Bernie Sanders remains the most popular politician in the US

          • Another Scott

            And yet Hillary beat him, resoundingly. Funny, that. 😉

            (Who won’t mention him again in this thread, just so we don’t get too far off-topic.)

          • moiraeve1

            Wonderful red herring fallacy you’ve thrown in there!

          • notjohnsmosby

            No, it’s a legitimate statement. Bernie got 1/3rd of the primary vote in Virginia. He didn’t win, therefor, not the most popular.

          • Again, you might not like him, but Sanders is VERY popular (82%-19% among Dems, according to PPP). I presume those #s apply to Virginia Dems as well.

          • Dhiéu Ayuén Mayén

            Are you still not tired of polls Mr Lowell?

          • The national polls were actually quite accurate in 2016; they had Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by about 3 points, and she won the popular vote by 2 points.

          • moiraeve1

            For gosh sakes, notjohnsmosby! You claimed Bernie “was despised”, we know he didn’t win. You realize those are two different outcomes, right? I think we are done here.

          • I supported Hillary Clinton, but again, Bernie has an 82%-19% favorable rating among Democrats. Case closed; he is NOT “despised” or whatever…

          • Another Scott

            No falacy. The only point is that responding to a poll is obviously different from voting for someone.

            If this endorsement helps Tom win and have huge coat-tails, yippie. If, instead, it ends up leading to increased intra-party battles that shorten coat-tails, I’ll be quite upset.

            Time will tell.


        • moiraeve1

          Not a majority of Dems, not by a long shot.

          • bluevirginia

            According to a recent PPP poll, Sanders has an 82%-19% favorability rating among Democrats, 19%-70% among Republicans, 46%-41% among independents…

          • moiraeve1

            Just to clarify, my comment “Not a majority of Dems”, was in response to notjohnsmosby, who wrote that a majority of Dems despise Bernie Sanders. I was quite sure this is not true, as your recent posted PPP poll pointed out. Thanks.

          • bluevirginia

            And you were absolutely correct!

  • Philip Whitman

    If Perriello plays it right, this is great. He can say that people as diverse as Bernie Sanders, John Podesta, and David Plouffe back his candidacy. However, it’s more problematic if we end up in another “progressives vs. the establishment” scenario.

    • I’m not worried.

      • Philip Whitman

        Nor am I, particularly. Perriello has run a solid campaign thus far.

  • Ralph Northam responds to Sanders endorsement of Perriello:

    STATEMENT: Virginians Know Best: Northam Earns Broad Support From Virginia Democrats

    Richmond, VA – Northam for Governor released the following statement from Communications Director, David Turner on the broad support for Lieutenant Governor Northam from local leaders across Virginia, including Senators Kaine and Warner, Governor McAuliffe, Attorney General Herring, and Congressmen Scott, Beyer, and McEachin.

    “Virginia Democrats who have worked with Ralph are supporting him because he has been a progressive leader in Virginia. He has led the fight to ban smoking in restaurants, to prevent the transvaginal ultrasound mandate, and to push for stronger gun safety legislation.

    “His commitment has never wavered, and that’s why he’s focused on doing everything he can to pass Medicaid expansion in Virginia during tomorrow’s veto session. He’s been making progress everyday for the commonwealth, and he is not stopping now.”

    The lieutenant governor has the support of leaders across Virginia, including a progressive coalition of emerging Virginia Democrats who endorsed his candidacy in late March. Earlier this year, Delegate Marcia Price, the only member of the General Assembly to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders, joined Northam for Governor as campaign chair.

    The Northam campaign just released a new video highlighting Delegate Price’s support. You can watch the video here.

  • Video: Corey Stewart says Tom Perriello’s going to be Dem nominee, he (Corey) is the only Republican who can beat him (Tom)


  • barbaralee12

    Sounds like another 2016 fight with the Independent verus the Democrats.Another loss for us.