NABILAH ISLAM, the 30-year-old daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants, is one of six Democratic candidates vying for the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Rob Woodall, a five-term GOP incumbent who entered office as part of the 2010 tea party wave. Islam is regularly touted in the press as “Atlanta’s AOC,” and is trying to demonstrate that a populist message can work in this working class district.
California Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., is breaking with the party establishment and endorsing Islam, becoming the first sitting member of Congress to rally behind the young contender. And, despite previously working for establishment players like Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee, Islam has secured an endorsement from the Metro Atlanta chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. Occupy Democrats and Matriarch, a political action committee dedicated to electing women from working-class and low-income backgrounds to Congress, have endorsed her as well.
“I was inspired by her candidacy,” Khanna told The Intercept. “She is someone who personally understands the need for Medicare for All. She can help bridge Clinton and Sanders supporters to expand and build our progressive coalition. As a woman of color of Muslim faith, she reflects the vibrancy and diversity of her district and symbolizes the New South.”
Islam’s platform includes policies with growing popular support, such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. This week, about 6 in 10 Democrats at the Iowa caucuses reported supporting the elimination of private health insurance to establish a single-payer health care system, the Washington Post reported….