WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday stated he’s hiring a widely known liberal journalist with a historical past of sharply criticizing different Democratic presidential candidates, together with Beto O’Rourke.
Sanders’ marketing campaign stated it’s bringing in David Sirota, whose work has appeared in The Guardian and Newsweek, amongst different shops, as a senior adviser and speechwriter.
The transfer may stoke tensions throughout the Democratic discipline since Sirota has beforehand focused O’Rourke, a former U.S. congressman from Texas who entered the presidential race final week, and different rivals.
Sirota on Twitter and in revealed articles has accused O’Rourke of siding with President Donald Trump and Republicans whereas a member of the Home of Representatives, in addition to being overly pleasant with the oil and fuel trade.
Sirota’s criticism of O’Rourke in December drew a warning from Neera Tanden, a high ally of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and president of the Middle for American Progress, a Democratic assume tank.
“A supporter of Bernie Sanders attacking a Democrat,” Tanden tweeted. “That is critically harmful. We all know Trump is within the White Home and attacking Dems is doing Trump’s bidding.”
The battle was a reminder of the dangerous blood between the Clinton and Sanders camps once they battled for the Democratic nomination forward of the 2016 presidential race and the distrust between the social gathering’s reasonable and progressive wings.
Sirota additionally has slammed presidential candidates Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris, in addition to former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, for being overly cozy with company pursuits.
Sanders’ marketing campaign didn’t reply to a request for touch upon Sirota’s hiring.
Sirota labored for Sanders as a press secretary when Sanders was a member of the Home of Representatives within the early 2000s.
An article Sirota wrote in 2013 for the liberal information web site Salon praising the financial document of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s late socialist president, additionally attracted criticism on social media from Sanders’ Democratic Get together critics and conservatives alike.
Sanders lately refused to label Venezuela’s present president, Nicolas Maduro, a dictator or acknowledge the opposition chief, Juan Guaido, because the nation’s rightful chief – the present U.S. place.
Guaido invoked the structure to imagine the interim presidency in January, saying Maduro’s re-election was not reputable.
O’Rourke stated whereas campaigning in Iowa final week that he supported Guaido’s declare on Venezuela’s presidency.
Reporting by James Oliphant; enhancing by Colleen Jenkins and G Crosse