Hardly the bastion of socialism, the Tri Valley
Democratic Club endorses Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“Sanders comes from the people… He has paid his dues and understands from town hall meetings and face to face encounters with voters, how Americans feel today. He does not walk in the world of the rich and powerful nor will he court the rich and powerful. His power will come from the people for whom he speaks.” says Eloise Hamann, political director for the club.
However, there are always risks in backing a candidate so early in the electoral process. Sort of the same reasons bridges and parks are typically not named for people still alive. Sometimes the recognition comes back to haunt you.
This week, a Mother Jones article reported, somewhat in passing, on an sexual fantasy commentary Sanders wrote in 1972. The salaciousness of the short piece is hardly commensurate with the attention it has received in the national media, but nowadays any reference or imagery to rape, even in a fictional setting, raises significant concern. Appearing on “Meet the Press” Sunday, Sanders called the essay “poorly-written” and akin to the novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
As for the endorsement of Sanders by the Tri Valley political group for a self-proclaimed Socialist Democrat, it appears to be the work of the club’s president Ellis Goldberg. With his well-worn stars and stripes cap, Goldberg has always been more in line with Oakland’s progressive movement far more than the small band that exists in the much more moderate Tri Valley.
Keep in mind this is club that counts Rep. Eric Swalwell as a long-time member.