Democracy for America, a million-member organization, on Friday endorsed Zephyr Teachout of New York and Pramila Jayapal of Washington for Congress. Both Teachout and Jayapal have endorsed Sanders.
It’s part of a wider effort to realize the Vermont Senator’s dream of progressives challenging establishment candidates. So far, Sanders has lent virtually no support to down-ballot candidates, even as Hillary Clinton has raised millions for the Democratic Party to support congressional and Senate races. Clinton raised $4.4 million for the Democratic National Committee and state parties in February alone.
Democracy for America’s endorsements are part of the muscle intended to turn Sanders’ vision into victories.
“When Bernie Sanders calls for a ‘political revolution,’ he isn’t thinking just about the race for the White House,” said Jim Dean, chair of Democracy for America, in an email to members. “Bernie knows that the political revolution involves millions of people standing up to transform our country.”