Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorse El-Sayed in
DETROIT/GRAND RAPIDS, July30, 2018 (AP): Last
Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont endorsed
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed in Michigan's race for governor,
providing a boost to the candidate in the closing weeks of the
Democratic primary August 7th; so did
Sen. Sanders, who narrowly defeated Hillary
Clinton in Michigan's 2016 presidential primary, issued a
statement saying El-Sayed would ``fight for a government in
Lansing that represents all the people, and not just wealthy
special interests.'' He cited El-Sayed's support for a
``Medicare for all'' single-payer health care system and other
liberal initiatives such as tuition-free college, a $15 an hour
minimum wage and environmental protections.
Dr. El-Sayed, the former health director for the
city of Detroit, said he was ``honored and humbled'' to have the
support of the country's ``progressive standard-bearer,'' and
was thankful that Sanders and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez had ``recognized
that there is only one progressive running for governor of
Dr. El-Sayed is battling former legislative
leader Gretchen Whitmer and chemical-testing entrepreneur
Shri Thanedar for the Democratic nomination. He has
trailed in polling, but his Sanders-style brand of liberalism—he
denounces corporate money in politics—has won him backing from
within the party's more liberal wing.
Dr. El-Sayed's campaign says he, Sen. Sanders,
and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez represent the Democratic Party's future
and are proposing ``real progressive solutions.''
U.S. House candidate Ocasio-Cortez, who stunned a
10-term congressman in a New York Democratic primary on June 26
[winning by double-digits, 57.5% to 42.5%], likewise, campaigned
with El-Sayed in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, and Ypsilanti
last weekend. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is a strong supporter of
Universal Health Care.
Meanwhile, a group of Latino leaders hosted
Lansing/Detroit meet & greets in support of Gretchen Whitmer
for Governor—¡Viva Whitmer! For Governor and
includes former Michigan State Representative
Lee Gonzáles, María Enríquez, Larry Arreguin, Dr.
Rubén Marténez, Dr. Juan Coronado, Dr. Nino Rodríguez,
Rep. Vanessa Guerra, Rep. Henry Yanez,
and Rebecca Lugo.
Republicans running in the Aug. 7 primary are
state Attorney General Bill Schuette, Lt. Gov. Brian
Calley, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, and Dr. Jim
By AP’s DAVID EGGERT, with contributions by Rico
de La Prensa.