Bernie Sanders Supporters Already Working to “Draft Bernie” for Another Presidential Run

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 12/3/2018 | Kemberlee Kaye
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Democrats are looking at a crowded 2020 candidate field much like the Republican field in 2016. As the Betos and Kamalas and Spartacuses are weighing running, a group of former Bernie staffers have started a PAC to support a potential Bernie Sanders run.

Sanders has yet to declare candidacy for the 2020 race neither has he committed to running, but Rich Pelletier, one of the principal organizers, told Rolling Stone that Organizing for Bernie has two goals.

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“One, we want to show the support is there. The second is to begin to do the organizing that is going to need to happen for him to hit the ground running, by the time he announces — if he announces,” said Pelletier.

From Rolling Stone:

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The identity of the organizers is part of what makes this campaign interesting. Organizing For Bernie is led by a cross-section of senior campaigners from Sanders’ 2016 run. Pelletier, for instance, was the deputy campaign manager for Sanders last election cycle.

The Colorado-based group includes Dulce Saenz, the former Sanders campaign director for Colorado and Washington state, as well as former Colorado Caucus Director Mandy Nunes-Hennessey and Spencer Carnes, who began as the leader of the Buffs for Bernie group at the University of Colorado in 2016.

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The news comes on the heels of a three-day retreat for progressive leaders called “The Gathering” at the Sanders Institute in Burlington, Vermont. Hosted by Jane Sanders and attended by the likes of Dr. Cornel West, Nina Turner and Bernie Sanders himself, “The Gathering” felt a lot like a kitchen-cabinet strategy session, both for the progressive movement generally, and for a potential Sanders run. The weekend included the unveiling of a new plan by University of Massachusetts economist Robert Pollin to cost out a Medicare-for-All proposal.

Of course, the question of whether or not the 77-year-old Sanders...
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