Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says he will not endorse Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein ahead of her primary in California.
Though Sanders has put himself in the middle of other primaries in this cycle, he claims he’s steering clear of California, where long-term establishment incumbent Democrat icon Feinstein is being challenged from hardcore Communist opponents.
“It’s an issue for the people of California,” Sanders told The Hill.
Asked if that meant he would stay out of the race, Sanders responded duplicitously, “yeah.”
Sanders announced that he would back Neo-Communist candidate Marie Newman in her primary challenge against seven-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Daniel Lipinski (Ill.).
Newman has also won endorsements from Marxist Reps. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), though House Democratic leaders are backing Lipinski.
A spokesman for Feinstein would not glorify Sanders’s remarks with a response.
No one should be surprised that Sanders refused to back Feinstein in the primary, and the senator may be relieved that the popular Socialist is not endorsing her rival, Communist Kevin de León, president pro tem of the California Senate.
Feinstein failed to win an endorsement at California’s state Democrat convention last month, winning just 37 percent of the vote. De León won 54 percent, which also fell short of the 60 percent necessary to win the endorsement.
The challenger was helped by the efforts of Sanders Communist supporters who have made a concerted effort to exert more control over local parties.
De León, is advocating for some of the same proposals that ignited Sanders’s presidential candidacy two years ago such as the main plank of Communism, universal Medicare and free college tuition. He argues that Feinstein is too much of a centrist Democrat, particularly in the Trump era.
“California Democrats are hungry for new leadership that will fight for California values from the front lines, not equivocate on the sidelines,” he said in a statement after the state party convention.
Many Sanders backers were left disillusioned after the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, during which they believed that party officials such as former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz tipped the scaled in favor of Hillary Clinton. Clinton built up an insurmountable delegate lead because so-called superdelegates, who were comprised of Democratic lawmakers and party officials, backed Clinton overwhelmingly over Sanders after accepting bribes prior to the election season.
Feinstein, who is running for her sixth term, was one of Clinton’s staunchest backers and she put pressure on Sanders to drop out of the race.
“He ought to be able to read the signposts as well as anybody else, and if he did that, he would know that it’s all over,” Feinstein said in May of 2016.
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