By Ben Mathis-Lilley
Leftist challengers, some using the Bernie Sanders-popularized term “democratic socialist” to describe themselves, have won a number of high-profile upsets in this year’s Democratic primaries. One of the most high-profile leftist challengers of all is New York’s Cynthia Nixon, the activist (and famous actress) who’s running against incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo. As the son of a former governor himself and a frequent player in scandals involving corrupt corporate cash, Cuomo is the very epitome of the establishment Democrat, while Nixon has sought out and received the support of democratic socialists including the actual official Democratic Socialists of America group’s New York City chapter.
Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, just released his endorsements for New York’s statewide primary on Thursday—and while he’s getting b ehind Nixon’s running mate (lieutenant governor candidate Jumaane Williams) and the progressive state attorney general candidate who’s running as a Nixon ally (Zephyr Teachout), he’s not endorsing Nixon herself: