Former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores (D), a surrogate for 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.) 2016 campaign, on Tuesday endorsed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) for president in a Medium post.
“Like most Americans, I’ve been listening and watching. And what I see are candidates who are all trying to figure out ways to break through the crowd. One candidate finally did by doing what comes instinctively to so many working people — Elizabeth Warren put her head down and did the work,” Flores wrote.
“She listens before she speaks. She is willing to admit when she’s wrong and make swift and necessary changes. She speaks her truths instead of poll-tested talking points,” Flores added.
The endorsement comes shortly after several high-profile endorsements of Sanders by young, progressive women of color, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Biden, Democrats seek to shut down calls to defund police McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Defunding the police: Put it to a vote McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Mich.).
Despite the endorsements, Flores is the latest of several 2016 Sanders backers to throw her support in 2020 behind Warren, with others including Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Johnson County, Iowa, Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Rod Sullivan, a key endorsement for Sanders in his 2016 campaign.
Flores made national news in the primary earlier this year when she accused former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE of inappropriate touching, saying he sniffed her hair and kissed the back of her head without permission at a campaign event in 2014.
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Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, speculated without evidence at the time that the Sanders campaign put Flores up to coming forward with the accusation, which both Flores and the campaign denied.