Dozens of former Warren staffers endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in an open letter on Tuesday as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) continues to withhold an endorsement.
The “Team Warren” staffers detailed their decision in a Medium post on Tuesday, describing Sanders as the “best option for Warren Democrats right now”:
We know that we won’t beat Donald Trump by simply talking about a return to business as usual. We hold these values close to our hearts because we’ve spent months talking about them with community members and volunteers in the field on behalf of Elizabeth Warren
That’s why the best option for Warren Democrats right now is to support Bernie Sanders for President, in addition to fighting for Democratic victories across the board in Senate, House, and local races.
The former staffers outlined five goals, the first of which involves building “a community to facilitate the transition” for Warren supporters moving over to Sanders. They also hope to provide outreach to Warren supporters who are “not yet ready to support Senator Sanders or considering Vice President Biden” and mobilize grassroots networks for upcoming primary races.
The ex-staffers highlighted the importance of championing Warren’s “ideals” and the coalition she built, which they say was “founded on respect and empowering women and non-binary individuals to run for office.”
They also signaled their intention to encourage Sanders, as well as Democrat leaders, to adopting Warren’s plans, including her plan “to end Washington corruption, her LGBTQ+ plans, her plans to uplift women of color, and ending the filibuster.”
“Let’s persist together,” they pressed.
Unlike many of her former challengers, Warren has yet to back a candidate. She told reporters following her departure in the race that she needed “some space” and said she wanted to “take time to think a little more.”
“Let’s take a deep breath and think about this for a little bit longer before we all settle in,” she told reporters outside of her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, last week.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden (D) has received a flood of endorsements from his former challengers, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Pete Buttigieg (D), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Beto O’Rourke (D), and Pete Buttigieg (D).