Pro-Bernie group endorses key Democratic Senate primary


“He has a strong stance on Medicare for All,” said Andre Walton, executive director of Our Wisconsin Revolution, of Nelson. “He is a very loyal ally of the labor movement and his position on environmental policy is extremely strong. He believes in the Green New Deal.

Walton said Barnes failed to complete a questionnaire from his band, which made him ineligible for endorsement. Although he did not submit the form, Barnes attended a Senate candidate forum hosted by Our Wisconsin Revolution.

Asked to comment on the story, Barnes spokeswoman Madeline McDaniel said, “Mandela is proud to be endorsed by more than 130 Wisconsin local elected officials, influential local and national groups, and members of Congress from across the country. corners of the Democratic Party, from Sen Elizabeth Warren and Senator Cory Booker to [House] Majority Whip Jim Clyburn.

Barnes also received support from liberal groups such as the Working Families Party, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the Center for Popular Democracy Action.

Barnes’ snub by Our Wisconsin Revolution highlights the delicate situation the lieutenant governor faces. He must balance the need to win over liberal voters in the primary while preparing for a general election in a swing state against Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in what is expected to be a tough year for Democrats.

Barnes recently broke with President Joe Biden over immigration policy, saying he disagreed with the administration’s plan to end the pandemic-era border restriction known as the title name 42. Before it was lifted, he said, “we need to have a plan in place to make sure that we keep asylum seekers and people in the United States safe.

Barnes has also distanced himself from left-leaning slogans to “abolish ICE” and “defund the police,” despite having sounded open to them in the past. And though Barnes supports Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, he hasn’t made it the focus of his campaign.

Barnes recently launched an agricultural tour in Wisconsin, where he spoke about policies to help farmers and “forgotten” communities in rural areas.

Nelson, the Outagamie County Executive, received the support of nearly 78% of voting members of Our Wisconsin Revolution in a ranked choice process.

“I am the proven progressive in this race. I have always stood up for issues of economic, social and racial justice, so voters know exactly where I stand, unlike others in the race,” he said. “I’m the one who consistently champions these progressive issues like Medicare for All and Green New Deal. I’m the only one who opposes Title 42.”

Nelson faces a difficult climb to the nomination. He struggled to raise funds and got stuck in single-digit polls. His political fortune hinges on the fall of Barnes.

In a Marquette Law School survey released this week, just 5% of likely voters said they supported Nelson. Nineteen percent backed Barnes, while Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry received 16% and state treasurer Sarah Godlewski won 7%.

Sanders founded Our Revolution after his 2016 presidential run. Throughout the Senate campaign, Nelson highlighted the fact that he was previously Sanders’ presidential delegate.


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