Vermont Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders publicly backed Katie McGinty in an email to supporters yesterday.
“I want to be clear: It is very important that our movement holds public officials accountable,” Sanders wrote. “The Democratic Party passed an extremely progressive agenda at the convention. Our job is to make sure that platform is implemented. That will not happen without Democratic control of the Senate.”
According to Daniel Strauss of Politico, McGinty was one of four Democratic Senate nominees that Sanders backed in the message. The others were Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire), Ted Strickland (Ohio) and Catherine Cortez Masto (Nevada).
While Sanders’ endorsement of these Dems may seem obvious, Bernie is not exactly one to easily embrace the establishment. In fact, as Strauss notes, there were several Democratic Senate candidates that the Vermont Senator ignored. Therefore, this support is a noteworthy win for McGinty.
Finally, Alex Roarty of Roll Call is reporting that Sanders is expected to campaign with McGinty in the coming weeks.