COLUMBIA, S.C. – Bernie Sanders snagged another endorsement from a SC lawmaker on Tuesday.
Representative Joseph H. “Joe” Neal (D-Richland) is the third state lawmaker to endorse Sanders in two weeks.
He said the main reason for his decision is because, “The middle class is in deep trouble.”
“[Sanders] is the candidate that is speaking to the need and the situation that confronts middle America today,” Neal said.
Rep. Neal says Sanders’ position on education, healthcare, and social security is what speaks to those middle-class needs. He also noted that he feels the country would be in a depression if it weren’t or President Obama and his decisions throughout his presidency.
Rep. Justin T. Bamberg (D-Bamberg), and Rep. Wendell G. Gilliard (D-Charleston) announced their endorsements recently. Bamberg is a well-known SC attorney who represents Walter Scott’s family. Scott was shot multiple times in the back by a police officer last year as a bystander caught the incident on video.
Bamberg previously endorsed Hilary Clinton. He says it doesn’t matter what Clinton did to lose his endorsement, but what Sanders did to earn it. He said Sanders challenges the status quo and will change the game of politics.