Today, the Working Families Party announced its endorsement for Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary for President. The announcement marks the first-ever national endorsement for the Working Families Party.
Working Families Party National Director Dan Cantor said: “We want to live in a nation that allows all people to live a decent life, no matter what is in their parents’ bank account or who is in their family tree. But the super-rich have used their economic muscle to buy political muscle, and unless you’re one of them, what you think government should do basically doesn’t count. That’s why we’re standing with Bernie Sanders to build the political revolution and make our nation into one where every family can thrive.”
New Jersey Working Families Executive Director Analilia Mejia said, “After five years of Chris Christie’s giveaways to the wealthy and well-connected, New Jersey working families couldn’t be more ready to join the democratic revolution and support Bernie Sanders for President. Bernie Sanders champions the common sense policies we’re fighting for here in New Jersey: paid sick days for all, a $15 an hour minimum wage, and a democracy where the votes and voices of working people matter more than corporate cash. We’re proud to stand beside Bernie Sanders, and we plan to mobilize thousands of New Jersey progressives to take part in this political revolution to make America the nation working families want and deserve.”
The announcement followed a Working Families Party membership vote. An overwhelming super-majority of 87.4% of Working Families Party members voted for Sanders, compared to 11.5% for former Secretary Hillary Clinton Clinton and 1.1% for former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. The final endorsement decision was dependent on both the membership vote and the votes of the WFP’s national advisory board, which includes representatives from all the WFP’s state organizations. The Working Families Party’s endorsement will bring Senator Sanders’ campaign the support of the party’s activist base and skilled operatives.