Council Member Helen Rosenthal endorsed Bernie Sanders for president just days before Monday’s Iowa primaries on Monday. Rosenthal’s decision marks a liberal shift for the council member, who endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016. Clinton handily beat Sanders on the Upper West Side in 2016 — one of several signs that the Upper West Side is not quite the liberal bellwether it was in the past.
— Helen Rosenthal (@HelenRosenthal) January 28, 2020
She cited Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and filmmaker Michael Moore — who himself has supported Rosenthal with donations — as two of Sanders’ most important supporters.
Rosenthal is former chairwoman of the City Council Women’s Caucus, and has advocated for electing more women for years. She wrote a report on how more women can get elected in the city. “Over the next four years, at every opportunity, I’m all in to help mentor and encourage, play a role in supporting women running for office in the city,” she told the Observer in 2017. She’s running for Comptroller, a citywide office, in 2021.
We asked her if it was difficult to endorse a man over the women in the race — Senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for instance — what tipped the scales? We are awaiting her response and will update when it comes.
Council Member Mark Levine, who represents the Northern section of the UWS, has not yet endorsed anyone.
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