Former President Barack Obama on Monday endorsed dozens of Democrats in races across the country, including liberal darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her New York House race.
From Fox News:
Obama had left Ocasio-Cortez off his initial round of 81 endorsements over the summer, prompting speculation over why the ex-president had seemingly snubbed the Democratic socialist candidate who defeated House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., in the primary and whose big-government views align with those of Sen. Bernie Sanders. However, on Monday, Obama included her name on the list of 260 endorsed candidates for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and state legislatures.
“The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle, and bold, new ideas,” Obama said in a statement. “Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before.”
So he included the main attention-grabbing young socialist. Pretty much validating his far-left credentials.
Obama’s endorsement of Ocasio-Cortez likely wouldn’t make a difference one way or another in New York City, but it does show him perfectly willing to endorse the Socialist.
Who did he leave out?
He snubbed both Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate running in a reportedly tight battle with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) who is running for attorney general in Minnesota, another race that is getting closer than one would think. O’Rourke has been in trouble of late for denying trying to leave the scene of a drunk driving accident when he was younger. The police report cites a witness saying he did try to flee. Ellison has been accused of domestic abuse by two former girlfriends. He has denied the allegations and Democrats are investigating the claims. Ellison is the DNC Vice Chair.
He also left out Sen. Claire McCaskill, in a tight battle in the red state of Missouri.
But as Republicans note, his endorsements aren’t necessarily helpful to people especially in places where he is viewed as having been such a failure economically and otherwise.
“President Obama oversaw the slowest economic recovery in modern history and it cost Democrats more than 1,000 seats,” Republican National Committee Spokesman Michael Ahrens said in a statement to Fox News. “By tying these candidates to his failed economic policies, he’s helping ensure they suffer the same fate.”
Among his endorsements, Obama named several former campaign and Obama administration alumni who “have been inspired to run for office,” as well as many state legislative candidates that are “redistricting priorities.”
Obama offered his support to several Democratic gubernatorial candidates—like Florida’s Andrew Gillum, who is running against Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis; Connecticut’s Ned Lamont, running against Republican Bob Stefanowksi; and Massachusetts’ Jay Gonzalez, up against incumbent Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, among others.
Obama has been on the road campaigning for candidates in California, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as holding fundraisers for committees such as the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.