One of the nastiest and hardest-fought Democratic primaries for anything in the Cleveland area will come to an end on Tuesday.
In what many ballyhoo as a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party, Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) Democratic Party Chairwoman Shontel Brown, a Joe Biden Democrat who has the endorsement of Hillary Clinton, is considered one of two front-runners in the 13-candidate Democratic primary.
Her leading opponent is former State Sen. Nina Turner, an outspoken leftist who has the backing of Vermont Sen. and self-styled “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders. In addition, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the face of the far-left “Squad” in the U.S. House, was recently in Cleveland to knock on doors for Turner.
Turner, who champions universal health care and raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, is pro-Palestinian and favors conditions on U.S. aid to Israel. The Democratic Majority for Israel group recently deployed $800,000 on TV and on-line spots slamming Turner and boosting Brown.
Turner’s own hard-hitting TV broadsides suggest questions about Brown’s ethics as a member of the Cuyahoga County Council and concluded with a shot of a jail door being slammed.
For the most part, the Democrat establishment in Washington and in Cleveland is with Brown. Although Marcia Fudge — whose resignation from Congress to become secretary of Housing and Urban Development resulted in the special election — is technically neutral in the race, her mother recently cut a hard-hitting televised endorsement of Brown (Fudge’s longtime friend).
For a time, Turner’s grass-roots backing and the greater enthusiasm generated by the Democrat left made her the favorite. But as the contest has come to a finale, Clevelanders feel that Brown’s backing by the party establishment may put her over the top.
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