CLEVELAND — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a story published on March 15, 2021.
Congressional hopeful Nina Turner recently received an unexpected endorsement in her bid to fill the open seat in Ohio's 11th Congressional District left by U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia Fudge.
Sean 'Diddy' Combs on Wednesday quoted a tweet of Turner's most recent campaign spot, writing, 'let's go!!!!!!"
Turner, a former State Senator and Cleveland City Councilmember, thanked the celebrity in a follow-up tweet, responding, "Thank you, @Diddy."
This isn't the first major endorsement that Turner has received, however.
In the past several months, the politician has been publicly endorsed by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Susan Sarandon, Mark Ruffalo, and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Known for her left-leaning views, Turner has promised to be an advocate for progressive policies in Congress if she were to be elected.
"What we are hearing from the people of this district is they want a Congressperson who is going to go to Washington to be an effective voice for the needs of our community. Our people deserve better wages, better and more affordable health care, and a nation that affirms the social dignity of every person," said Nina Turner of her interest in the open seat in Congress. "They want a Congressperson who will negotiate hard for them -- to be their champion -- and who has shown the ability to work with anyone who can help make life better for people. In the coming months, I look forward to meeting as many folks as we can safely do and I invite you to join us in this campaign for a better future for Northeast Ohio."
Earlier this month, the Turner campaign announced that they had raised just over $2.2 million at the end of the quarter FEC filing deadline of March 31. $1.55 million of that came in the first quarter of 2021 alone.
Several other candidates have also made names for themselves in the race, including Chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Shontel Brown, former State Sen. Jeff Johnson, former State Representative Bryan Flannery, and veteran of the United States Navy Tariq Shabazz.
The election to fill Ohio's 11th Congressional District seat is scheduled to take place on Nov. 2, 2021. Prior to the election, a primary will take place on Aug. 3.
Editor's note: the video in the player below is from a story published on March 19, 2021.