Ohio native Rep. Ted Lieu endorses Nina Turner in OH-11

CLEVELAND – A 13th member of Congress supports Nina Turner’s campaign to represent Ohio’s 11th Congressional District.

What you need to know

  • Californian MP Ted Lieu, a native of Northeast Ohio, supports Nina Turner in the OH-11 special election
  • Lieu is the 13th member of Congress to support Turner’s campaign
  • Confirmation comes just days after several members of the Congressional Black Caucus participated in a DC fundraiser for rival Shontel Brown
  • The primaries for the OH-11 special elections will take place on August 3rd

Ted Lieu, D-California, who grew up in northeast Ohio announced on Wednesday that he was helping Turner fill the seat vacated earlier this year by Minister for Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge.

“[Turner] came from the working class, ”Lieu told Spectrum News in an exclusive interview. “Her mother was a nurse. Her father was a truck driver, and like me, she started working when she was 14 to keep her family afloat.”

Lieu added: “And so she understood the hardships of inequality, of being poor. And that will take them to Congress. And we need more voices like Nina Turner’s. “

Lieu’s approval comes as the August 3 primary for the OH-11 special elections approaches.

“I am so grateful for the support from my fellow Clevelanders,” Turner said in a statement to Spectrum News. “Representative Lieu has fought on the front lines for justice and defended our democracy against one of the most divisive governments in our history. I am ready to stand by his side and move America forward in Congress. ”

Turner leads the Democrats’ crowded field in fundraising and polling, but rival Shontel Brown has already tried Congress to build her own bank of supporters.

Four members of the US House of Representatives, including MP Joyce Beatty from the Columbus area, have endorsed Brown.

Punchbowl News reported last week that several members of the influential Black Caucus of Congress, which Beatty chairs, were participating in a fundraiser for Brown in Washington DC. Beatty’s name wasn’t on the invitation.

Brown has long considered Fudge, who has represented the 11th District for over a decade and is a former CBC chairman, as a mentor, although Fudge has not officially intervened in the race due to her current job in the Biden administration.

Lieu is the thirteenth member of Congress to support Turner’s bid to represent the 11th Congressional District. Her other supporters include Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont and MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York.

The Californian Congresswoman cited Turner’s experience on the national stage as a replacement for Sanders’ presidential campaign, her time as a senator in Ohio, and her tenure as a councilor in Cleveland as reasons for her qualification.

“You can get to Congress without spending a lot of time learning the basics,” Lieu said. “She can take off.”

Thirteen Democrats and two Republicans will be on the ballot for the August 3 primary.

The 11th district is drawn to heavily favor the Democrats, so the primary winner is almost guaranteed to win the seat.

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