Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown added the highest-ranking Black member of Congress to her list of endorsements Tuesday as South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn made his preference known in the 11th Congressional District special election.
Clyburn, the U.S. House majority whip and a friend of former seat-holder Marcia Fudge, also cut an ad for Brown to air on Cleveland television. The New York Times first reported Clyburn’s endorsement.
Clyburn said Turner’s outspokenness against the Democratic establishment was not a primary factor in his decision, though bristled at some of the activism of the more liberal wing of the party, including Turner.
“What I try to do is demonstrate by precept and example how we are to proceed as a party,” Clyburn said in an interview with the Times. “When I spoke out against sloganeering, like ‘Burn, baby, burn’ in the 1960s and ‘defund the police,’ which I think is cutting the throats of the party, I know exactly where my constituents are. They are against that, and I’m against that.”