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PA-Sen: O’Malley Endorses Fetterman

John FettermanFormer presidential candidate Martin O’Malley has endorsed John Fetterman’s Senate campaign.

The ex-Governor of Maryland particularly praised the Braddock Mayor for his immigration policies.

“I believe that our outdated and inhumane immigration laws no longer meet our economic needs, our national security imperatives, or most importantly, our values as a people,” O’Malley wrote in an email to supporters. “I believe that we need to lead with the compassionate message and actions that have made us who we are: a nation of immigrants, bonded together by our diverse beliefs and traditions. Immigration is what has made America, America.”

“We need leaders in Washington who will tirelessly stand up to the kind of hateful, misguided rhetoric we’ve seen thrown at the millions of New Americans and fight to forge consensus on an issue that has shaped this country,” he continued. “I believe Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor John Fetterman is that kind of leader, and that’s why today, I am endorsing his campaign for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. He really needs our help, so click here to join his progressive campaign.”

Fetterman’s wife Gisele emigrated from Brazil, a story that was told in by a campaign video from last November.

This is not the Mayor’s first experience with a non-Hillary candidate as he endorsed Bernie Sanders for President last month.

Fetterman is running against former Chief of Staff to Governor Tom Wolf Katie McGinty and former Congressman Joe Sestak in the Democratic Senate primary.

14 Responses

  1. Bill Healy-

    I’ve said for a while now that I expect Bernie to be out of the race before the PA primary on April 26th, and Hillary to be the nominee. Not sure why you think I’m picking Bernie.

    I do agree with Bernie on a lot of issues, but I’ve consistently said that Bernie’s one (and only) useful function in this race is to get his message out to pull Hillary to the left by showing the size of support for his positions. But, the race has been Hillary’s to lose. She nailed the first debate and Bernie hasn’t been able to knock her out.

    I agree with Fetterman’s endorsement of Bernie, because Fetterman is the anti-establishment candidate and is more progressive than McGinty or Sestak. I think Fetterman would benefit from a reciprocal endorsement from Bernie.

    Joe campaigned for Clinton in 2008 (going to New Hampshire and Nevada, and probably elsewhere). Bill endorsed Sestak in 2010. Quid pro quo.

    I don’t know if the scores there are settled. But, I don’t think I’ve heard Sestak endorse Hillary or Bernie yet.

    Joe likes to go the way the wind blows.

  2. Bieber… this actually doesn’t change whom I support… nor will it… I still back Katie McGinty… and I also sign my name when I write things… Nick Sones

  3. Diano keeping his broken record of picking losers going strong….bernie…seriously…wonder if he’ll become a viable candidate by the Pa. primary…more likely gone…Joe will have Clinton’s endorsement

  4. He refers to his supporters as “Crew” when he only has and email address and doesn’t know the name.

    More of Sestak’s tiresome naval themes.

  5. Why is Sestak sending emails to “Crew”?

    Who is “Crew?” “The Crew?” “J. Crew?”

    Sestak is seriously deranged.

  6. Sestak sure seems upset by this endorsement, as he sent out the following (IRONIC) email:

    Yesterday, a Senator from New York sent a fundraising request for my primary opponent, and a former Governor of Maryland endorsed my other primary opponent. Crew – they might have the big (out-of state) names, but I’ve got mine:”

    Yes, Joe Sestak himself is the biggest out-of-state name in this race.

  7. Is Martin O’Malley still running for something? Maybe he thinks Fetterman will drop Bernie and bring his landslide in Braddock to swing PA for him?

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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