Does the Squad need a new member? What was initially four women elected in 2018 has become a coalition of seven. And they are looking to add to their number.
Democrat U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) is campaigning in Ohio for Nina Turner. In the special election, she is running for Congress to fill the position opened by Democrat U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (O.H.). Fudge vacated the seat when she was strategically sucked into the Biden administration to serve as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Members of the Squad in good standing Democrat U.S. Reps. Cori Bush (MO), Rashida Tlaib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (M.S.) have all endorsed Turner.
The 11th Congressional District of Ohio special election will have its primaries on August 3, 2021. Both Republicans and Democrats were running to fill the seat XXX. The general election will take place on November 2, 2021.
Ohio has fourteen seats in the House of Representatives. Currently, eleven are Republican, and three are Democrat.
Nina Turner was an Ohio state senator where she distinguished herself by supporting abortion and offering proposals to restrict dangerous drugs like Viagra. She wanted prescriptions for erectile dysfunction to require a notarized affidavit from a sexual partner affirming his impotence, go to sex therapy and get a cardiac stress test before receiving any purple pills.
She was co-chair of the 2020 presidential campaign for the self-proclaimed socialist Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (V.T.). Maybe she knows who won the Iowa Caucus? He obfuscated her record and positions with his usual class warfare brand of nonsense, “The upcoming congressional election in Ohio has everything to do with the future of the Democratic Party. Will Democrats stand with the working class and have the courage to take on wealthy special interests? I know that Nina Turner will, which is why I strongly support her.”
Bernie Sanders’ disciple Turner is running in the primary against Shontel Brown. Brown has comprehensive support in the state of Ohio. As a Cuyahoga County Council Member and Democratic Party chair, she is a formidable opponent.
But she may have run into an August surprise. The state ethics probe she is under has finally found out where millions of dollars in contracts for Cuyahoga County went. No-bids deals were awarded to businesses that her partner and campaign donors own. Whoops! How did that happen?
Brown is surprised as anyone else that graft and corruption are a problem. She probably assumed that is just the way things are done. And how else can she use her power and influence to become a multimillionaire?
AOC emphatically endorsed Turner, “I think it is extremely clear that Nina Turner is the candidate in this race that answers to the people of Ohio first and foremost. She is a candidate that I think can be trusted to bring people’s voices to Washington. There’s a lot of dark money, there’s a lot of D.C. and insider folks trying to tell Ohioans what to do,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed. “It’s really important that we have a champion that has been in our community that we can trust with a track record of fighting for working people, our health care, environmental justice, living wages, the right to unionize.”
The war in the Democrat Party continues to heat up. Progressives back Turner, and more establishment liberals support Brown. It’s just a question of who has the most pull inside the party machine, big donors, or national media as the gears are turning. Democratic Majority for Israel, a PAC, has invested $1.2 million in the Ohio seat on behalf of Brown. Nina Turner got thousands of dollars from a Syrian pro-Assad campaign contributions bundler.