Sanders nabs second congressional endorsement

MONTPELIER — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign announced its second congressional endorsement Monday — Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.

“Keith Ellison is one of the great progressive leaders in the country leading the fight for the rights of working families and the environment,” Sanders said in a statement. “I look forward to working with him to create a government which represents all Americans and not just the billionaires.”

Ellison, in the statement distributed by Sanders’ campaign, said he chose to endorse Sanders because of his ability to attract new voters into the political process.

Rep. Keith Ellison

Rep. Keith Ellison

“I’m endorsing Bernie because he is talking about the issues that are important to American families,” Ellison said. “His candidacy is important for many reasons, but I believe the most important part of his candidacy is that it has the ability to create a renaissance in voter participation, which was at its lowest in decades this past election cycle. We’ve all seen the massive crowds he is attracting, and I think that is a testament to his message connecting with people — people we will need to turn out in November.”

Ellison is a co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which Sanders founded in 1991.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva

Rep. Raúl Grijalva

Ellison is just the second congressional endorsement for Sanders. U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona, and also a member of the Progressive Caucus, endorsed Sanders last Friday at a large rally in Tucson.

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has been endorsed by more than 100 members of Congress.

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