Bernie comes to SF to support Jane Kim, Prop. 61

by Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

Bernie Sanders was in town Saturday morning to rally with Jane Kim (and a lot of other progressive candidates) before doing an event in favor of Prop 61.

The Kim HQ on Market Street was packed, so full that the crowd has to be told to step back to let the candidates stand in front. Some of the news photographers were getting crabby and one tried to push me out of the way.

But the candidates were ebullient and the spirits were soaring when Sanders showed up. Kim made a strong speech, noting that more than $1 million has been spent attacking her. “We are fighting for who this city is being built for,” she said…

Alvarenga (and not Safai) was on the stage. And I saw the name of Dean Preston on the list of candidates that were supposed to be acknowledged, although Preston, the D5 challenger who is endorsed by Sanders’ operation, had his own mobilization…

In fact, Bernie posed with Dean at the Prop. 61 event later in the day…

But the Bernie endorsement is a good counter to the vast wave of attacks that the Wiener camp is putting out. Sanders told the gathering that the only way to stand up to money is grassroots organizing, and Kim’s got a lot of people on the ground. This race is still really, really tight…(more)

It will be interesting to see if the Clintons come out in favor of any of the City Hall opponents. It is not as if they need to worry about their supporters here. In a lot of ways the land wars must go to Washington as we are seeing more evidence that they are being waged out of the nation’s Capital and filtered through the states.



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