Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has set up a potential clash with progressives by announcing her support for Cuyahoga County Council Representative Shontel Brown in a special House election in Ohio later this year to replace outgoing Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.
Progressive Democrats were hoping Clinton would join them in backing former state Sen. Nina Turner, but they should have known better; Turner, who initially supported Clinton, very publicly chose to work for the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016 instead. Once you cross Hillary Clinton, it’s not only unlikely she’ll ever forget, she’ll also subtly remind you that she doesn’t like you without ever having to say your name (see also: Tulsi Gabbard).
Hillary said she’s “proud” to endorse Brown in the race to replace Fudge, who vacated her Cleveland-area House seat earlier this year to become President Biden’s Housing and Urban Development secretary. “Shontel made history as the first Black woman to chair her county Dem party, and she’ll work to help her state and our country recover from COVID,” Clinton said in a tweet Wednesday announcing her endorsement. “Join me in supporting her.”
DONT TRUST NINA TURNER! Nina has shown us tht she has Caucasian Coalition building skills. The Majority of her support come from WYT folks who hate black people not voting for Bernie Sanders. Shontell Brown will actually work w the BidenHarris administration to bring us together pic.twitter.com/7MalcO7gko
— 2RawTooReal 💛🐝 (@2RawTooReal) May 9, 2021
“Secretary Hillary Clinton has been an inspiration to me for decades. She is a champion for working families,” Brown tweeted. “I’m thrilled and honored that she endorsed our campaign for Congress. We have so much work to do for Northeast Ohio. Let’s win this campaign, and get to work.”
Secretary Hillary Clinton has been an inspiration to me for decades. She is a champion for working families. I’m thrilled and honored that she endorsed our campaign for Congress.
We have so much work to do for Northeast Ohio. Let’s win this campaign, and get to work. https://t.co/nGwbOPqC6F
— Shontel Brown for Congress (@ShontelMBrown) June 16, 2021
Bernie Sanders has already endorsed Turner, so it’s almost like another face-off between Sanders and Clinton. A special primary in Ohio’s only majority Black congressional district will be held on August 3rd. The general election is scheduled for November 2nd.