Tom Fiegen, Leading US Senate Candidate, Iowa, endorses Bernie Sanders for President of the United States

Clarence, Iowa – Iowa’s leading Democratic candidate for US Senator in Iowa, Tom Fiegen, today announced his endorsement of Bernie Sanders for President. Tom is running against Republican incumbent, Chuck Grassley.

“I am supporting Bernie Sanders because he is fighting to protect working Americans from billionaire special interests, overturn Citizens United, to deliver relief to crushing student debt, expand social security and enact massive campaign finance reform. Bernie has demonstrated unconditional loyalty to working people since he was Mayor of Burlington. In Iowa I am committed to protect and expand Iowa’s grown-local farm movement; label GMO’s, and clean up Iowa’s water by stopping the excessive use of dangerous chemicals in agriculture.

Chuck Grassley is a special interest Senator whose devotion is to Wall Street, Big Pharma and the ultra-wealthy, not working Iowans. Thanks to Senator Grassley, Iowa seniors are paying more for their prescriptions and have had their Social Security benefits frozen. I stand with Bernie Sanders on the need for a grassroots revolution to take our democracy back from oligarchs.

I first heard Senator Bernie Sanders speak in Iowa at the Clinton County Democrats’ Hall of Fame Dinner in Goose Lake, Iowa on May 17, 2014.  More people attended the speech than live in the town of Goose Lake.  The speech was a clear, loud call to reject political bribery under Citizens United and to reject divisive politics that pits Americans against each other to enrich the top 1% of our citizens.

The 300 people at the dinner reacted to the speech like they had been hit with a lightning bolt.  The energy and enthusiasm was so high that the room immediately filled with talk of "This guy from Vermont should run for President."  I handed my card to the staffer with Senator Sanders and said, "If Senator Sanders ever decides to run for President, let me know, I will do everything that I can to help.

In March of 2015, I was privileged to introduce Senator Sanders to 100 of my fellow citizens in Cedar County on his first visit to this Iowa county.  I told them, "If we are going to leave a better country and world to our children and grandchildren, it has to start with this guy.  It has to start with President Bernie Sanders."  After his speech, I encouraged Senator Sanders to run for President, and to run as a Democrat.

Now the whole country is hearing the message - the political truth - that we heard in Goose Lake, Iowa in May 2014.  Bernie Sanders has started a political revolution with his campaign for President, a revolution against the oppression of the billionaires and the politicians who work for them.  He has served notice for all of us on the oligarchs that enough is enough.

Saturday night at the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner during my introduction as a United States Senate candidate, I proudly held a Bernie Sanders for President sign above my head for the 6,000 assembled Democrats and the nation to see.

Today, I make good on the promise I made to the Senator in May, 2014. 

I wholeheartedly endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States and pledge to do everything in my power to get him elected and pledge that if elected as the next United States Senator from Iowa I’ll have his back in the next Congress.  I will work as hard to pass his legislative priorities as I will work to get him elected."


Media Contact:
Paul Schaefer
Campaign Communications Dir ., Tom Fiegen for US Senate, Iowa
Cell:  719-287-6867
Skype: Paul Schaefer

Published on: 2015-10-28

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