Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), an influential progressive, introduced her endorsement of Jennifer Carroll Foy for governor of Virginia on Wednesday.
“Jennifer Carroll Foy is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet, go without healthcare, and raise a family as a working mom,” Porter mentioned in a press release. “She is building a grassroots movement that is centered on working families which is exactly what we need right now with special interests trying to gain even more power and influence.”
The endorsement helps solidify Carroll Foy’s standing because the liberal favourite in a crowded Democratic main subject. On Monday, Carroll Foy, a former state delegate and public defender, picked up the backing of the Sunrise Movement, a youth-led local weather motion group that performed a key function within the reelection of Democratic Sen. Ed Markey in Massachusetts.
In her assertion welcoming Porter’s endorsement, Carroll Foy emphasised Porter’s background as a client rights legal professional and crusader in opposition to corruption.
“Rep. Porter has been a tireless advocate for working people, focused on rooting out corruption wherever it may be,” mentioned Carroll Foy. “Rep. Porter understands what I believe: when special interests have a seat at the table, they kick the people out of the room.”
In Porter’s first time period in Congress, her grilling of prime Wall Street executives at congressional hearings went viral, incomes her notoriety as a client advocate strolling within the footsteps of her former regulation professor, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). She has now prolonged her repertoire to incorporate putdowns of fossil-fuel business titans.
Porter’s blessing might additionally introduce Carroll Foy to a broader world of Democratic donors. Porter, who unseated a Republican incumbent in 2018, raised nearly $17 million within the 2020 election cycle ― greater than all however three of her fellow House Democrats.
Porter is one in all simply two members of Congress to endorse in Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial main. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a fellow California Democrat and the most important fundraiser within the House Democratic Caucus, is backing former Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Virginia regulation prohibits governors from serving multiple consecutive time period. McAuliffe, who served from 2014 to 2017, is free to run for a second, nonconsecutive time period.
Public polls present McAuliffe main the Democratic subject forward of the June 8 main. But as of mid-February, massive numbers of voters had been nonetheless undecided. State Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D), a veteran lawmaker and legal professional from Richmond; Del. Lee Carter, a democratic socialist from Manassas; and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax are all additionally competing for the nomination.
Aside from McAuliffe, McClellan is Carroll Foy’s most formidable opponent. McClellan, a regulatory legal professional for the telephone firm Verizon, is casting herself as a extra pragmatic and skilled progressive. Either girl would make historical past because the state and the nation’s first Black feminine governor.
Of the three major contenders, Carroll Foy is operating on essentially the most progressive platform, together with a promise to repeal the state’s right-to-work regulation, which limits the ability of labor unions.
Carroll Foy enjoys the assist of various progressive teams, labor unions and elected officers, most of whom hail from northern Virginia the place she lives. Carroll Foy, who can be a former decide and one of many first ladies to graduate from Virginia Military Institute, represented components of Prince William and Stafford counties within the state House of Delegates from 2018 till final December.
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