NINA TURNER A VICE PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER…?

February 13th, 2016

So, yesterday I got into a fairly heated debate with a co-worker about Hilary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders. At one point I said that there were plenty of women I would happily vote for as our next president. (In 2014 I voted for two women running for President/Vice President: Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala). Clinton just wasn’t on my list.

My list, off the top of my head, included Maria Cantwell, Christine Gregoire, Patti Murry, Jill Stein, Elizabeth Warren and Nina Turner. Turner has never been to Washington, but she is a political force. I met her briefly at a Cleveland State event a few years back and I’ve always been impressed with her. Because my attention is too often drawn to the national and international scenes (I depend upon Roldo to keep me grounded locally), I totally missed Turner’s support of Bernie Sanders. My bad.

This morning, while reading about Erica Gardner I followed a thread to Every Bernie Sanders Supporter Should Read This Today where Terrell Jermaine Starr writes:

Without Black women like former Ohio state Senator Nina Turner, I wouldn’t be giving Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the time of day. If you don’t know who Turner is, you should. Turner served in the Ohio State Senate from 2008 to 2014. She made national news in 2012 when she introduced a men’s reproductive health bill that would have required men to undergo psychological counseling before getting prescriptions for medications like Viagra.

“Even the FDA recommends that doctors make sure that assessments are taken that target the nature of the symptoms, whether it’s physical or psychological,” Turner said at the time. “I certainly want to stand up for men’s health and take this seriously and legislate it the same way mostly men say they want to legislate a woman’s womb.”

Since November, Turner has been volunteering her time doing Black voter outreach for Sanders’ campaign, a crucial base of supporters he must win if he is to have a real shot at beating former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Though the Senator continues to trail her in crucial primary states where Black people make up huge voting blocs, Turner said during an hour-long phone conversation last week that once more Black people, like her, Tezlyn Figaro of Sanders’ African-American outreach team, and others get out and stump for Bernie just as Clinton’s supporters are going hard for her, we will see a shift in Black support.

As I read through Starr’s interview with Turner, this was the response that made me sit up:

STARR: When you decided to support Sen. Sanders, did you catch any heat?

TURNER: “Oh, my god yes. I’ve had white Hillary supporters saying to me that I betrayed the Clintons and saying I’m not going to have a future in politics. I mean, they marked me for life, and I’m sitting back thinking: The Clintons never helped me to do a thing in my life, and all of a sudden they control my destiny? [Emphasis in original, JH], That was very condescending to me.

“I had a white woman here in Ohio who supported my Secretary of State run in 2014. I’ll never forget this. I was at a Planned Parenthood lecture a couple of months ago and she came up to me and said how disappointed she was in me. Very condescending. And I let her know that I really didn’t care about her disappointment and I’m not on the plantation. That’s exactly what I told her.

“Then she said, ‘After all we’ve done for you.’ Now, see. That was it for me. I interpreted that as, ‘After all we’ve done for you, Black girl, you owe us.’ They would never say that to anyone else, but the fact you feel you can say that to a Black woman? I thought she was supporting me because I was the best candidate to be Secretary of State, because I was trying to protect access to the ballot box for all people — not because you own me or I owe you.”

That is the kind of fire we need in the White House. I won’t presume to guide Bernie, but I think Nina Turner would make an excellent vice presidential candidate.

6 Responses to “NINA TURNER A VICE PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER…?”

  1. […] Let Elizabeth Warren join the ticket as the prospective swing Supreme Court justice, leaving the VP slot to Nina Turner, who is not a lawyer. But the reverse would be a tempting alternative, to replace a […]

  2. […] Let Elizabeth Warren join the ticket as the prospective swing Supreme Court justice, leaving the VP slot to Nina Turner, who is not a lawyer.  But the reverse would be a tempting alternative, to replace […]

  3. Antonio D Jenkins says:

    Nina Turner for Governor

    • Jeff Hess says:

      Good morning Antonio,

      First, thank you for stopping in, for reading and, most importantly, for taking the time to write a comment. We build our communities with our conversations.

      Second, Nina for governor works for me too.

      Do all you can to make today a better day,

      Jeff

  4. maximo hudson says:

    Why Nina Turner May Be My Write-in Choice Come November.

    First of all, the GOP presented us with a blue plate special consisting of dog poop AND THEN the DNC had their superdelegates substitute a rather appealing meal of salmon and wild rice with with a dirty cracked bowl of day-old vomit stew.

    Now, the Democratic establishment along with their legions of sycophants want the good folk who walked in off the street in search of a liberal helping of wholesome food to eat vomit stew instead because, “It’s a lot better,” they say, “than eating dog poo.” YIKES!!!

    Yes, there will inevitably be those who say I’ll be wasting my vote, but I think not. I live in Pennsylvania and I feel a write-in vote for Nina Turner will indeed make a profound statement in regard to party unity and a spirit of fair play in the nominating process. Also, such a vote could well help usher in an environment in which a progressive candidate (like Ms. Turner) can make a successful run for the White House come 2020.

    Sure, we may not get Our Revolution now, but setting ourselves up for it in 2020 is a hell of a lot better than putting it off indefinitely.

    • Jeff Hess says:

      Good morning Maximo,

      First, thank you for stopping in, for reading and, most importantly, for taking the time to enter the discussion by writing a comment. We build our communities with our conversations.

      That’s true, you’re absolutely right: you are not wasting your vote. The only wasted vote is the vote not cast.

      You are equally correct in saying that we can’t kick this can down the road forever and expect a positive outcome for We The People.

      I too am already looking ahead, not to 2020 but to 2018 when I think progressives can make a change in Congress by voting out Republicans and New Democrats.

      Do all you can to make today a better day,

      Jeff

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