Sen. Bernie Sanders’ appearance with Rep. Barbara Lee in Berkeley Saturday morning did not yield what would have been a crucial endorsement for 15th Assembly District candidate Jovanka Beckles.
Sanders, in fact, made no specific reference to Beckles during the speech at the Berkeley Community Theater. Beckles, though, sat on stage during the rally and was acknowledged by Lee, who earlier this month endorsed Beckles’ campaign against Buffy Wicks, also a Democrat.
But walking away from the rally without some sort of imprimatur from Sanders is a disappointment for the Beckles campaign. Like Sanders, she identifies as a “Socialist Democrat,” and her campaign slogan of “people over profit” strongly echoes his well-known populist screeds against the “one-percent” billionaires class.
Our Revolution, the off-shoot organization of Sanders’ 2016 presidential camapign, however, had already endorsed Beckles in the 15th District
Sanders’ endorsement and visage on campaign literature would have been a significant boost for Beckles as the hard-fought race in the 15th District heads down the final stretch.