Former Ohio state senator and minority whip Nina Turner confirmed, on Thursday, that she will be backing Bernie Sanders, despite her apparent support of Hillary Clinton. Her decision was also announced by Sanders’ campaign.
The move comes as a major surprise as Turner had been involved with the Clinton camp, as of late. The former Secretary of State met with Turner as recently as last month before appearing at at the Women’s Leadership Forum. Turner was also involved in the Ready for Hillary super PAC as well as the Correct the Record, another super PAC which endorses Clinton. She also made an appearance at a Clinton organizing event and worked with Bill Clinton during her unsuccessful run for Ohio state senate. In her statement Thursday, she emphasized that despite her past involvement with the Clintons, that she had not issued a formal endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
“I’m very attracted by his message and his style — and that he has held pretty much strong on his beliefs and the world is catching up with him,” Turner said.
Turner also cited Sanders’ positions on fair wages and voting rights as factors in her support of the junior Senator from Vermont.
According to a Sanders spokesperson, while Turner will be an active part of the campaign, she will not be holding a paid position. On Monday, Turner will introduce Sanders at a rally at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center.