Sanders on not endorsing his son, who is running for Congress in NH:
“Levi has spent his life in service to low income and working families, and I am very proud of all that he has done. In our family, however, we do not believe in dynastic politics.”https://t.co/ZrU45PDRI4
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) June 7, 2018
From the hometown paper:
… Aversion to dynasties aside, New Hampshire observers speculate that the real reason Bernie Sanders has not weighed in on his son’s behalf is that Levi Sanders is running what most in the state consider to be an inept campaign – and Bernie Sanders doesn’t want to be damaged in the run-up to a potential 2020 campaign of his own.
“Nobody I know is really considering Levi as an option,” said former state senator Burt Cohen, who was Bernie Sanders’ first prominent endorsement in 2016 and is backing a rival of Levi Sanders. “No, it’s actually worse than that: I don’t hear anyone even bringing up his name. People aren’t sure why he is running. If Levi thought he could just transfer the enthusiasm from his father to himself, well he is learning that is just not happening at all.
“It is just silly what he is doing,” Cohen added. “The way to sum up how people feel about the campaign is the eye rolls you get when his name does, infrequently, come up.” …
… Bernie Sanders’ decision not to weigh in has played a role in dampening support for his son, several longtime political observers say. If his own father isn’t backing him, why should voters? Last month, when Bernie Sanders had a conference call with the dozens of people on his New Hampshire steering committee, he thanked them for their work in 2016 and said it was crucial that they get involved in upcoming midterm elections. He never mentioned Levi’s campaign…
Now, if only Levi had access to the old man’s tax returns, he might’ve gotten more paternal respect…
"When Ivana Trump was pregnant with the couple's first child, she said her husband told her they could not name their son Donald Trump Jr. because of a specific concern.
"I said, 'Why not?'" she recalled. "He said, 'How about if he's a loser?'"
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) November 13, 2017