Hours before Senator Bernie Sanders returned to his Burlington home Saturday to recover from a heart attack, Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, campaigned through New Hampshire in his place. At a town hall in Nashua, the mayor pointed out what she called the “elephant in the room.”
“He’s a very serious guy,” Cruz paced the pews of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Nashua. “You may want him to laugh a little every once in a while. But this is not a Miss Congeniality contest. This is about life and the essence of who we are.”
Yet cheers lifted to the church vaults as the larger elephant was addressed. “By the way, he’s fine. I spoke to him yesterday. He’s rather ticked off that he’s off the campaign trail. But he’s had our back, and now we have to have his,” Cruz remarked before sliding into a Spanish translation.
“Bernie will finish this fight,” Cruz said at last. “All he needs is you.”