Thursday, June 07, 2018
Senator Bernie Sanders has traveled to Iowa and narrated a 30-second ad to endorse one congressional candidate and journeyed to Allentown, Pa., on behalf of another. He publicly backed a mayoral candidate in Omaha. But while he's busy endorsing politicians across the country who share his liberal values, closer to home Sanders is taking a noncommittal stand when it comes to his own flesh and blood.
Sanders has refrained from endorsing Levi Sanders in his only son's campaign for the Democratic nomination for a New Hampshire congressional seat. The father is acting as if the son's campaign barely existed, making for an awkward political story line for a family that shares its ultra-liberal lineage right along with the DNA.
The Vermont senator and former presidential candidate -- who has an ardent following in New Hampshire, where he defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary -- also has not encouraged his legion of supporters to help Levi Sanders. He hasn't even traveled to New Hampshire since his son announced he was running in February.
Aversion to dynasties aside, New Hampshire observers speculate that the real reason Bernie Sanders has not weighed in on his son's behalf is that Levi Sanders is running what most in the state consider to be an inept campaign and Bernie Sanders doesn't want to be damaged in the run-up to a potential 2020 campaign of his own.
Bernie Sanders' decision not to weigh in has played a role in dampening support for his son, several longtime political observers say. If his own father isn't backing him, why should voters?
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