Sen. Bernie Sanders is campaigning for Omaha, Neb., mayoral candidate Heath Mello Thursday night, and he's not apologizing for it.
"Absolutely, and I want him to win," Sanders, I-Vt., told NPR Thursday, after a rally in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The Thursday event with Mello, a Nebraska state senator who's running as a Democrat in the mayoral race, is one of several rallies Sanders is holding across the country this week. It's part of a Democratic National Committee-organized unity tour with DNC Chair Tom Perez.The Omaha event wasn't that notable – just one of several red state visits on the DNC itinerary — until Thursday morning. That's when Ilyse Hogue, the president of abortion rights advocate NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued a statement blasting Sanders and Perez for spending time and resources campaigning alongside a Democrat who opposes abortion rights.Bernie Sanders Defends Campaigning With Nebraska Anti-Abortion Rights Democrat Heath Mello : NPRThe DNC is doing its best to distance itself from the Mello endorsement. Party staffers were quick to tell reporters that it was Sanders', and not the DNC's, idea to hold a rally for Mello.
and this is the current state of the Democrat party. Sanders isn't making any Earthly sense. How is helping to elect an anti-abortion advocate to congress standing up for women's rights? How does this square with him saying that he thinks the party should be more progressive? This is the Sanders that Dems have gotten used to over a years. He has all the best intentions in the world. As well as a well as a compelling message that he's meticulously crafted for decades. But, let's face it. He's a bit of an odd ball.
This is just one issue where Mello departs from the DNC platform. Why not emphasize all the other policy platform positions that would benefit Democrats if he were elected? Or, I don't know, the fact that Dems would rather elect one of their own who generally supports the same issues they do, save one issue, than a Republican? Like I say, this is the current state of affairs of the Democrat party. It just can't seem to get out of it's own way.