Bernie Sanders, Fearing Weak Democratic Turnout, Plans Midterms Blitz
Bernie Sanders hopes to build pressure on Democratic lawmakers this fall to give him a fight, as he prepares for his long-anticipated re-election bid in 2020.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), a veteran of the civil rights and Black Panther movements at the University of Missouri, announced his candidacy for a key House seat in the 7th congressional district on Tuesday, promising “the resistance against racism, sexism and anti-Semitism.”
In a Facebook video announcing his candidacy, Cleaver described the congresswoman he would oppose as a “big, mean, mean-spirited, rude woman” with a “negative attitude” who he said would have the people of southeast Missouri “on edge.”
“In this district we’re looking for someone who believes that government works for people, not corporations who take over our lives for their profit,” the congressman, who has faced a string of allegations of sexual misconduct, said in the video.
“In this district we’re looking for someone who believes that government works for people, not corporations who take over our lives for their profit.”
Representative Emanuel Cleaver in a video announcing his candidacy.
In his video announcing his candidacy, Cleaver said the incumbent, Republican Rep. John Shimkus, would be his opponent because he is on the “wrong side” of nearly all the issues the congressman campaigned on.
“We want a candidate who is going to fight the establishment, and the establishment wants a candidate who is going to fight a Republican establishment,” Cleaver said.
But Democratic leaders, including outgoing Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, have sought to tamp down expectations about a Democratic primary challenger in the 7th district. That is the seat that the president won in 2016 by 10 points.
Braley, who represents Iowa’s 3rd district, told reporters on Wednesday that he was not prepared to pick a date for the Democratic primary, and that he would support a primary challenge to Shimkus.