The Democrat, who has announced plans to seek the 2024 presidential nomination against Joe Biden, has hired a former Minneapolis lawmaker who supported the movement to dismantle the city’s police department.
Minnesota Representative Dean Phillips revealed on October 26 that he would challenge the incumbent president in the Democratic primary.
The 54-year-old, who is one of the richest members of Congress, sought help from a former Minneapolis City Council member who supported calls to disband the city’s police force after the murder of George Floyd in June 2020.
Alondra Cano, 42, stated that “the Mpls Police Department cannot be reformed,” but is currently participating in Phillips’ presidential campaign even though he was opposed to the “defund the police” movement.
Top Democrats have been critical of his ambitious bid for the 2024 presidential nomination against Biden.
Democrat Dean Phillips, who has announced plans to seek the 2024 presidential nomination against Joe Biden, has hired a former Minneapolis lawmaker who supported the movement to eliminate the city’s police department
Alondra Cano (42) stated that “the Mpls Police Department cannot be reformed,” but is currently participating in Phillips’ presidential campaign even though he was opposed to the “defund the police” movement.
A former member of the Minneapolis City Council supported calls to disband the city’s police force following the murder of George Floyd in June 2020. Pictured: Riots in Minneapolis, May 2020.
Phillips has long been seeking the 2024 presidential nomination and hopes to provide the Democratic Party with a younger, more energetic alternative.
He decided to include Cano in his campaign even though he has different opinions on law enforcement issues.
She was the first Latina elected to the Minneapolis City Council, and a few days after Floyd’s death in the city, the politician expressed her views on social media.
Cano made a post on his official account stating that “the veto-proof majority of the MPLS City Council just publicly agreed that the Minneapolis Police Department cannot be reformed and that we will end the current policing system.”
However, a ballot question to replace the city’s police department with a public safety department failed to pass on the 2021 citywide ballot.
This led to division among Democrats in Minnesota. Cano announced in December 2020 that she would not seek re-election as a councilwoman.
Phillips emphasized his support for police during his time in Congress and called for help with law enforcement recruitment.
In his last two congressional races, he won the endorsement of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, which represents a large number of officers in the state.
“Dean’s leadership strategy was clear from his announcement — his goal is to build a diverse team that includes all voices at the table,” his campaign team said in a statement.
Cano was the first Latina elected to the Minneapolis City Council, and days after Floyd’s death in the city, the politician expressed her views on social media
She posted from the official account stating that “the veto-proof majority of the MPLS City Council just publicly agreed that the Minneapolis Police Department cannot be reformed and that we will end the current policing system.”
“And like our campaign, which allows a broad range of voices to generate the best ideas for our country’s future, Dean is committed to bringing diversity of voices and thought to the White House.”
In response to concerns about Cano and her views on policing, his campaign added that the congressman’s “documentary on this issue is clear.”
“I support the vast majority of law enforcement personnel who do difficult and dangerous work to protect the citizens of this country,” the statement said.
“He also made clear that we need reforms that will end the disproportionate killings of people of color, especially Black Americans, during encounters with law enforcement.”
Floyd was murdered during his arrest by white officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.
Video of the event shows Chauvin kneeling on his neck for several minutes, which sparked protests across the United States and around the world over police brutality and racism among law enforcement.
Chauvin was convicted of Floyd’s murder and is serving a 21-year sentence in a federal prison in Arizona.
The Biden campaign, as well as his supporters, allies and surrogates, were quick to point out that Rep. Phillips had voted with Biden most of the time and noted that they were unable to identify what he was offering other than the president.
But critics say his age and physical and mental prowess alone may be enough to give him a bit of a boost.
“We have an obligation to take a hard look at these numbers, listen to what Americans are trying to tell us, and take appropriate action,” Phillips said of the recent Biden-Trump poll.
Polling, while sparse since Phillips’ announcement in late October, has not yet shown him to be upset with Biden.
In fact, it doesn’t seem like he’ll even be able to outdo another long-term Democratic candidate, Marianne Williamson.
A Morning Consult poll released last week shows a whopping 69 percent gap between Biden and Phillips, with 73 percent saying they would vote for the current president and just 4 percent saying no.
Williamson also earned four percent in the same poll.
DailyMail.com has contacted Phillips and Cano for comment.