February 12, 2016

Is Feingold Dodging Endorsement To Keep DC Money Flowing?

Eyebrows raised across the Badger State when it was reported that former Senator Russ Feingold, currently running to get his old seat back, was skipping the biggest Democratic Party event in his state so far this election cycle – Thursday night’s presidential debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

A Politico story also highlighted Feingold’s “conspicuous “ absence from the debate, noting that he is the only Party-backed senate candidate holding out on endorsing Clinton:

Feingold, who will watch the debate at home with his wife, is the only DSCC-endorsed Senate candidate who hasn’t endorsed Clinton. (Former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto backed Clinton earlier Thursday.) The only other major Democratic Senate candidates who haven’t endorsed Clinton are outsiders: Braddock, Pa. Mayor John Fetterman and Florida Rep. Alan Grayson.

The story goes on to note that Feingold himself recently talked about his shared positions with Sanders, before backing away from his radical health care plan under scrtunity:

“Bernie and I were holding out for an even stronger bill on the Affordable Care Act,” he said. “We wanted a single-payer – we wanted an option, an option to opt in, a public option.”

Like Sanders, Feingold was a long-time advocate for single-payer healthcare. But he’s broken with the Vermonter and now supports expanding health care insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

When it comes to leftist political ideology, it sure seems like Feingold Feels The Bern. Is the former senator once again playing the calculating politician by avoiding taking a stand to keep in Washington, D.C. Democrats’ good graces – and keep their campaign cash flowing?