Sanders campaign announces two women co-chairs after sexual harassment allegations

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign announced four new campaign co-chairs Thursday, selecting two high-profile female politicians and activists after several women came forward to detail instances of sexual harassment during his 2016 run.

The campaign announced former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner (D), San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaProgressive Caucus co-chair endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary Biden’s right, we need policing reform now – the House should quickly take up his call to action The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Association of American Railroads Ian Jefferies says no place for hate, racism or bigotry in rail industry or society; Trump declares victory in response to promising jobs report MORE (D-Calif.) and Ben & Jerry’s co-founder and campaign finance reform advocate Ben Cohen will serve as national co-chairs.  

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Turner, who also heads the progressive grass-roots advocacy group Our Revolution, was one of Sanders’s most public surrogates in the 2016 primary against former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE. Cruz gained national prominence last year after she vocally criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s response to Hurricane Maria, which killed nearly 3,000 people in Puerto Rico and caused widespread structural damage. 

Turner lauded Sanders as a “beloved” senator and advocate, and Cruz described the Vermont Independent as “bold, committed and consistent.”

“To win this election and build a movement to defeat Donald Trump, we must bring together a team prepared to fight for economic, social, racial and environmental justice — and that’s exactly what Nina, Ro, Carmen and Ben have been doing their entire lives. Together, along with a million-person grassroots movement, we will confront the powerful special interests that dominate the economic and political life of our country and enact an agenda that represents all the people, not just powerful special interests,” Sanders said in a statement.

The Sanders camp was rocked last year after several women who worked on his 2016 campaign criticized their superiors for how they handled several instances of sexual harassment. Sanders has maintained he was unaware of the allegations at the time and vowed his 2020 campaign would put in place strict rules to prevent similar instances in the future.

“We are going to have the strongest protocols to protect women and anybody else against any form of harassment,” Sanders told CBS News this week. “We are going to be training every employee who works for us and we’re going to give people who feel they’ve been harassed the opportunity to talk to people outside of the campaign.”

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