In the latest news concerning the race we like to refer to as the (McDermott) Hunger Games, State Senator Pramila Jayapal may have just received a game-changing endorsement — especially considering Seattle voters. Jayapal received the endorsement of Socialist Bernie Sanders.
“On Tuesday, Sanders emailed his millions of supporters urging them to help state Sen. Jayapal replace retiring Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott in Washington’s 7th Congressional District, which covers much of Seattle, some suburban areas and Vashon Island.”
Opponents State Representative Brady Walkinshaw and King County Council member Joe McDermott (no relation to retiring U.S. Representative Jim McDermott) are downplaying the endorsement. They claim voters “care more about local transportation and housing solutions than a mass movement.”
But, the Sanders importance cannot be dismissed that easily. According to the Seattle Times, the endorsement is already helping Jayapal in a significant way. Sanders raised “about $180,000 for Jayapal in five days and doubled the number of contributors to her campaign when he endorsed her in April.”
Looks like Jayapal’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders for President has paid off.