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“The reason Gavin Newsom didn’t appoint Barbara Lee is the reason she should be a senator,” wrote John Nichols in The Nation.

Barbara Lee has a “tradition of speaking truth to power” — and she’s the most progressive, most experienced candidate in the race. Newsom promised to choose a black woman to fill the vacancy, but he passed over Barbara Lee for a corporate Democratic insider who has lobbied for Airbnb and Uber.

The political establishment is clearly threatened by Barbara Lee and don’t want to see her team up with Bernie Sanders in the Senate. That’s why grassroots and progressive leaders like Ro Khanna, Cori Bush, Pramila Jayapal, and others are rallying behind Barbara.

Barbara Lee has been in the trenches from Day 1 for workers, climate, peace, Medicare for All, and more — and she can win this election on the merits.