Bernie Sanders today picked up the endorsement from Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley. Merkley becomes just the first U.S. Senator to publicly throw his support behind Bernie. In an op-ed for the NY Times Merkley states, “After considering the biggest challenges facing our nation and the future I want for my children and our country, I have decided to become the first member of the Senate to support my colleague Bernie Sanders for President.”
Merkley is also a superdelegate, so his backing becomes even more important.
More great endorsement news is that The New York Transport Workers Union today also announced their endorsement for Bernie Sanders for President. This announce comes just 6 days before the state of New York has their say as to who they will select for the Democratic nomination.
“Brothers and sisters, there is no doubt that America needs a jolt, New York needs a jolt, working families need a jolt, and business as usual politics are not going to give us the jolt that we need,” said New York transit workers’ union president John Samuelsen in his endorsement of Bernie Sanders.
Said Sanders, “It is too late for the same old, same old establishment politics,” Sanders says. “We’ve got to stand together, take on the big money interests and make it clear that our government works for all of us — not just the 1%.