Ex-lawmaker: I’m endorsing Democratic Party, not individual

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio state lawmaker and secretary of state candidate who campaigned for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary says she’s endorsing the party’s platform and its people — because “it’s not about the individual.”

Nina Turner, a former state senator from Cleveland, has not found it in herself to endorse Hillary Clinton since Clinton locked up the party’s nomination.

Turner told The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2az0M0f ) there’s too much of a focus on individuals instead of on how to take America “to the next level.”

“I’m a lifelong Democrat and I take great pride in that,” Turner said. “But, really, it’s the values of the Democratic Party I’m fighting for, so I am a dedicated dissenter within the Democratic Party.”

Turner was asked to be Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s running mate, but declined.

One of Sanders’ most high-profile national surrogates, Turner said she put a “lot of sweat equity” into the Sanders campaign and into creating “the most progressive platform in recent history.”

The platform included a $15-an-hour minimum wage, voting-rights preservation and opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

She said the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was about protest and promise — not unity.

Turner is co-chair of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, an initiative of Republican Gov. John Kasich.

She said she’s keeping her options open when it comes to running for statewide office or something else in 2018.

“People are tugging on me to do a whole lot of things…I’m not sure it will be secretary of state again,” she said.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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