Brandon Johnson has a plan: get behind Elizabeth Warren

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

First District Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson has formally thrown his support behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the Democratic presidential primary race. Johnson announced his decision in a statement released on Aug. 28. 

During an interview on Aug. 29, Johnson — an outspoken progressive who narrowly defeated former commissioner Richard Boykin with the help of Oak Park — said he was persuaded to support the Massachusetts senator because of her genuine outreach to the black community.

"She was very much interested in not just listening to black families in Chicago and Cook County, but also listening to black leaders and essentially checking her math," Johnson said. "She checked how her plans line up with the real conditions that people endure." 

Johnson said he met with other candidates in what is turning out to be a five-person race (along with Warren, former vice president Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are the only candidates polling above single digits while California Sen. Kamala Harris and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg round out the second tier of candidates in terms of polling and fundraising, according to Politico). 

Johnson said he also had conversations with Sanders, "but the only candidate who took special interest in black progressive voices was Sen. Warren," he said. "She actually took the time to engage with us, listen to us and make some commitments to us."

Michael Romain 

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Kevin Peppard  

Posted: September 4th, 2019 11:16 AM

Ramona Lopez: Check your Facebook account for a message from simpatico people.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: September 4th, 2019 7:09 AM

Yet another planned halo shot photo. Messiah, martyr or false messiah.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: September 3rd, 2019 11:39 PM

Wake up Mr. Johnson!! "The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn't taken, tricked or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America, the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man." ........Malcolm X

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: September 3rd, 2019 11:34 PM

Why anyone falls for her hypocritical rhetoric and lies is beyond me. While she campaigns on free college and debt forgiveness, her husband makes about $400K a year teaching at Harvard and they paid her $350,000 to teach part time in 2009 and and over $200,000 in 2010 and 2011. Mind you, the average salary at Harvard in 2012 was $194,000 and she was part time. Since Harvard has non profit status and around $40 BILLION in their endowment, they skirt campaign rules by giving her and her husband handsome salaries for minimal effort, thus contributing enormously to the bloated cost of college tuition. Then of course is her lifelong lie of being Native American and riding that victimhood coattail as long as she could. Harvard even trumpeted she was the first woman of color to be given tenure in 1996ish. I can only speculate that legitimate women of color lost out on opportunities so she could continue to live her lie with a smile on her face. Mr. Johnson's endorsement of her reinforces my decision to not vote for him. Johnson was backed by the Chicago machine and Preckwinkle. Nothing new here. Carry on.

Nick Polido  

Posted: September 3rd, 2019 5:19 PM

You might want to read her book: "Warren did not argue that women should leave the labor force. Instead, she favored helping parents by providing them with school vouchers and school choice. "Fully funded vouchers would relieve parents from the terrible choice of leaving their kids in lousy schools or bankrupting themselves to escape those schools," Warren and Tyagi wrote. "An all-voucher system would be a shock to the educational system, but the shakeout might be just what the system needs,"

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