Jim Barksdale hires high-profile Bernie Sanders veteran in Senate campaign revamp

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' national press secretary Symone Sanders speaks to the member sod the media in the spin room after the Brown & Black Forum, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ national press secretary Symone Sanders speaks to the member sod the media in the spin room after the Brown & Black Forum, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democrat Jim Barksdale is sending a clear message with yet another new staff hire in his run against Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson: Populist-minded Bernie Sanders supporters are welcome.

His latest hire is Symone D. Sanders, a 25-year-old who was Bernie Sanders’ national press secretary and the chief spokeswoman for his campaign.

It’s the latest attempt by Sanders to tap into the Sanders’ allure. His advertising campaign, his rhetoric and a spate of new staff hires who once worked for Sanders send a screaming signal that his campaign wants to be a home for disillusioned young voters.

As Donald Trump’s latest campaign woes rekindle Democratic hopes of flipping Georgia, Barksdale supporters talk of forcing an unpredictable runoff against Isakson. But some Democrats remain divided over Barksdale, who was a little-known investment manager before jumping in the race. And his tack toward Sanders-ian policy holds dangers in Georgia, where the Vermont senator was trounced by Hillary Clinton in the March primary.

Insider’s note: This item was ripped and expanded from the Morning Jolt, which you can find here.


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