Reid did not rule it out. Instead, after reminding the media that he had previously appointed Sanders to several committees and a few chairmanships, he left open yet another possibility for the newly minted progressive superstar.
A cabinet post? A leadership position? Chairman of his own progressive grassroots organizations? Even (maybe?) a VP pick? While, those close to him say Sanders still is most likely to return to the Senate to represent Vermont, he is going to continue to weigh all potential avenues while home in Burlington this weekend, they add.
“He will be meeting and consulting with key supporters and advisers from around the country,” campaign spokesman Michael Briggs told ABC News. “He and [wife] Jane invited about two dozen people to come to Burlington.”
While the final document is nonbinding, it does symbolically tie all Democratic candidates up and down tickets across the country to a set of values and policy proposals, and Sanders has made it clear that he wants throw some his political weight toward it.
The senator will also continue to use his small-dollar fundraising machine to back local candidates of his choice. The fundraising and joint petition emails sent to Sanders’ list have brought in over 267,000 contributions totaling nearly $2.3 million for 19 candidates, including candidates for U.S. Senate, Congress and local statehouses, according to Sanders’ digital director, Kenneth Pennington.