State Rep. Pat Murphy of Dubuque has received the endorsement of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which bills itself as representing the Sen. Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.
In endorsing Murphy, former speaker of the Iowa House who is in a five-way race for the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s U.S. House 1st District, the PCCC called him a “bold progressive” and a “prairie populist.”
PCCC said it was endorsing Murphy because coming from the Warren wing of the Democratic Party he supports expanding Social Security benefits, holding Wall Street accountable and the Massachusetts senator’s economic populist agenda.
PCCC’s polling shows Iowans favor expanding Social Security by a two-to-one margin and oppose cuts by a five-to-one margin.
“He successfully led the fight to raise the minimum wage in Iowa, and is leading it again,” the PCCC said. “He also created universal pre-K in Iowa."
Murphy spokesman Aaron Bly said the campaign was thrilled to receive the endorsement.
"Pat is the candidate who has a proven record for standing for progressive values in the Statehouse and will continue to do so in Congress," Bly said. The PCCC endorsement is the 17th from a major progressive organization, he added.
If elected, Murphy, a 25-year member of the Iowa Legislature, would succeed four-term Rep. Bruce Braley, who defeated a Republican incumbent to win the seat and is now running to succeed Sen. Tom Harkin.
PCCC, which also has endorsed Braley, was founded in 2009 by former MoveOn organizers and bills itself as being at the forefront of fighting for progressive change.