Cambridge attorney Mike Connolly is among the first in the nation to be endorsed by Our Revolution, the much-anticipated successor organization to Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.
Our Revolution was launched this evening by Senator Sanders via live stream from Burlington, Vermont. The organization will be led by some of Senator Sanders' top staffers; its stated goal is "to transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families."
Mike is one of just sixty-two candidates from across the nation to be endorsed by Our Revolution. Other endorsees include former U.S. Senator Russ Fiengold of Wisconsin, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Rep. Kieth Ellison of Minnesota, and Senate candidate Zephyr Teachout of New York. Senator Sanders also announced that Our Revolution will be looking to expand its list of endorsees in the coming months, for positions ranging from school board to state legislature.
Mike is one of four candidates to be endorsed by Our Revolution in Massachusetts. The others are State Senator Pat Jehlen of Somerville, State Senator Jamie Eldridge of Acton, and State Representative Mary Keefe of Worcester.
"Mike is committed to economic and social justice, affordable housing, public transportation, early education, afterschool programs, and other critical services that will help the people of Massachusetts," according to a statement on the Our Revolution website.
Speaking before a crowd of more than 100 Sanders supporters, delegates, and local officials who gathered to watch the announcement in the basement of Redbones Barbecue in Somerville, Mike said he was "truly honored to be one of the first candidates to be endorsed by an organization that will build on the progress made by Sen. Sanders' campaign for President."
Mike further explained that he is "possibly the only candidate in Massachusetts to offer a strong, primary challenge, from the progressive Left, to an incumbent member of the State House," and he encouraged attendees to get involved with the campaign.
The election between Mike Connolly and incumbent State Rep. Tim Toomey will be decided in the Democratic primary on Thursday, September 8.