Former Ohio state senator Nina Turner is taking the reins of Our Revolution, the political group launched by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to elect progressive candidates — a move that elevates a dogged critic of the Democratic Party just as Sanders takes a bigger role in its messaging.
In a statement Thursday, Our Revolution announced that Turner would replace Jeff Weaver, Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign manager and longtime strategist, who is currently serving on the party’s unity commission to reform its primaries.
“We are thankful for the work Jeff has done and look forward to his next project,” said Our Revolution board chairman and former Communications Workers of America president Larry Cohen in a statement. “We’re thrilled that our board member and progressive champion Nina Turner will be our new president.”
In an accompanying video, Turner saluted OurRev’s victories since its founding. “With these hands,” she said, “we will continue to rise.”
Our Revolution, which was founded after Sanders’s primary bid ended, has worked entirely inside the Democratic Party. It endorsed the Democrats’ candidates for special elections in Kansas and Montana long before the national party plugged money into them; its highest-profile win this year has been the election of Christine Pellegrino, a 2016 Sanders delegate, to a formerly deep-red-state legislative seat in Long Island.
But Our Revolution, a player in Democratic politics, does not limit itself to supporting one party. This year, it backed long-time Green Party activist Cheryl Honkala for a legislative race in Philadelphia where Democrats bungled their nominating process and ran no candidate; after a Democrat won as a write-in candidate, Honkala filed a lawsuit. OurRev also backed Ali Deng, a progressive city council candidate in Vermont. Sanders himself, the longest-serving independent ever to serve in Congress, has suggested that there will be times where people might do best to run outside the Democratic Party — even as he takes a major role in changing that party from within.
Nina Turner talks to Ed Schultz about Bernie, Our Revolution & the fight for working class families:
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