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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.

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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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Father of the Year Candidate, not so much.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-06-07 04:01 PM | Reply

My first thought: Bernie wants his son to make it on his own with out Daddy's endorsement. I still think that is likely the case, but then I remembered a recent NH poll:

Poll: Warren, Biden top picks among New Hampshire Dems

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) edges Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a Suffolk University poll asking New Hampshire Democrats to pick their favorite of seven possible candidates.

When Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D), who represents neighboring Massachusetts, is added to the list, she comes out on top with 26 percent, compared to 20 percent for Biden and 13 percent for Sanders.

Without Warren, Biden gets 30 percent support followed by Sanders with 25 percent.
thehill.com

I remember the poll because I was surprised Bernie didn't do better in his neighboring state.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-06-07 04:17 PM | Reply

Funny that all the self professed Bernie Bros are staying away from this thread...

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-06-07 09:59 PM | Reply

From Bernie Sanders and Levi Sanders

"Levi has spent his life in service to low income and working families, and I am very proud of all that he has done," he said in a statement to the Globe. "In our family, however, we do not believe in dynastic politics. Levi is running his own campaign in his own way."

And Levi Sanders has a clever way of distancing himself as well. "You know I'm not Bernie's son. I'm the son of Larry David's fourth cousin," he told the Globe.

#4 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-06-08 12:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Perhaps. Unlike Trump. Bernie wants to let his son try to make it on his own.

Seems like RoC is a nepotist through and through.

Like his hero. Trump.

Perhaps his son can. I don't know. Make it on his own?

Funny, huh?

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-06-08 01:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Yeah it's obvious whats going on is Levi doesn't want to win because he is the son of Bernie Sanders he wants to win because people like what he says and stand for.

But you know ROC has some problems and cant reason such things out

#6 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-06-08 01:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-06-07 04:17 PM | R

That poll I believe was taken while Biden was on a book tour with a book about his dead son.

little bit off the subject Warren has said she will not run for President if she gets reelected to the Senate so she is pretty much out for running for president

#7 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-06-08 02:05 AM | Reply

I respect letting the son do this on his own.

That said, it seems unusual.

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-06-08 08:07 AM | Reply

"That poll I believe was taken while Biden was on a book tour with a book about his dead son."

No, Biden's book came out in 2017, and that poll was taken at the end of April this year.

Here's more info on the topic:

Bernie Sanders – whose tepid statement after his son announced his campaign was notable for its lack of endorsement – provided a statement to the Globe highlighting Levi Sanders' support for raising the minimum wage, rebuilding infrastructure, and making public higher education free.

"Levi has spent his life in service to low income and working families, and I am very proud of all that he has done," he said. "In our family, however, we do not believe in dynastic politics. Levi is running his own campaign in his own way."

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.

"Nobody I know is really considering Levi as an option," said former state senator Burt Cohen, who was Bernie Sanders' first prominent endorsement in 2016 and is backing a rival of Levi Sanders. "No, it's actually worse than that: I don't hear anyone even bringing up his name. People aren't sure why he is running. If Levi thought he could just transfer the enthusiasm from his father to himself, well he is learning that is just not happening at all.

www.msn.com

He seems like a good guy who isn't a natural fit for the district he is running in:

Levi Sanders, 49, does not even live in the First Congressional District – which, while not a legal requirement for running for a congressional seat, is often a political necessity. From his home near the Vermont border in Claremont, N.H., it takes over an hour to even enter the First Congressional District.

He commutes to Cambridge, Mass., where he works as a senior legal analyst helping clients who have been denied federal benefits such as Social Security Disability Insurance. His limited personal experience as a politician includes a bid for Claremont City Council about eight years ago, which he lost with a seventh place finish in a field of nine.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-06-08 08:42 AM | Reply

Not a lot of Fathers on this thread, that is for sure.

All I know is that if my son were running for office I would endorse him, not give "a tepid statement...notable for its lack of endorsement" that Puncy quotes Bernie as saying. Levi is running in a different state, so dynastic politics is not a concern.

As Gal notes, "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."

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-06-08 05:52 PM | Reply

# 10

Typical conservative.

Everyone has to live life based on the way you choose to live your life.

Otherwise they're doing something wrong.

#11 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-06-08 05:55 PM | Reply

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