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Andy Levin endorses Elizabeth Warren

By: - July 30, 2019 8:54 am

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at Lansing Community College, June 4, 2019 | Susan J. Demas

On the first day of the two-part Democratic debates, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.).

U.S. Rep. Andy Levin at the Mackinac Policy Conference, May 30., 2019 | Andrew Roth

Levin, a freshman representing Oakland and Macomb counties, is an outspoken progressive and has called for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. He won the 9th District seat after his father, longtime former U.S. Rep. Sandy Levin, announced his retirement last year.

“I have followed Senator Warren since she was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School during my second year there. She came from modest roots and soared to the highest academic heights. She never forgot where she came from, and never intended to get into politics, but she couldn’t stand the way poor and working people were being taken advantage of, so she became an authentic and fierce fighter for working families,” said Levin.

“She has released remarkably clear, smart and brave policy plans on everything from climate change to trade to taxation to financial markets to education. I believe Elizabeth Warren can resoundingly defeat Donald Trump on November 3, 2020, and that she will lead a transformative government, encourage mass mobilization for change, and stand up to the forces of reaction. I’m throwing in with Liz!”

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Warren campaigned in Lansing in June. She announced several other endorsements on Tuesday, including U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.), one of the sponsors of the Green New Deal.

This is the third major Michigan endorsement prior to the debates. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is behind former Vice President Joe Biden and the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus has thrown its weight behind U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.