The move by U.S. rappresentante. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the House majority whip, came after a town hall meeting for progressive Democrat Nina Turner, at which Clyburn was accused of being “stupido” for not having “cut a deal” with party leadership before endorsing Joe Biden for president.
Turner, 53, is a former Cleveland city council member and Ohio state senator who co-chaired Sanders’ 2020 corsa presidenziale.
Clyburn, 80, who has served in Congress since 1993, says he’s supporting moderate Democrat Shontel Brown over Turner in the state’s 11th Congressional District as Ohio voters look to select a successor for U.S. rappresentante. Marcia Fudge.
Fudge resigned in March to accept a position in the Biden administration as U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development (PELLE).
Clyburn said his decision to back Brown wasn’t intended as a slight toward Sanders or Turner, but he was concerned that progressive slogans such as “sconfiggere la polizia” e “Medicare per tutti” might be hurting the broader Democratic Party, he told The New York Times.
“What I try to do is demonstrate by precept and example how we are to proceed as a party,” Clyburn told the Times. “When I spoke out against sloganeering, like ‘Burn, bambino, burn’ in the 1960s and ‘defund the police,’ which I think is cutting the throats of the party, I know exactly where my constituents are. They are against that, and I’m against that.”
“When I spoke out against sloganeering, like … ‘defund the police,’ … I know exactly where my constituents are. They are against that, and I’m against that.”