‘She Is Exactly What We Need’: Our Revolution National Endorses Betsy Sweet For U.S. Senate

Our Revolution joins a list of prominent national organizations endorsing Sweet, including Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress, Friends of Earth Action, Democracy for America, and Progressive Democrats of America

AUGUSTA, MAINE — Our Revolution, one of the nation’s leading progressive grassroots organizations, announced yesterday that they have endorsed Betsy Sweet for U.S. Senate in Maine. Sweet is a longtime progressive advocate who is leading the fight for Medicare for All and a Green New Deal. She seeks to unseat Maine’s long-time U.S. Senator, Republican Susan Collins.

Our Revolution is a progressive political organization that networks 600 local groups and hundreds of thousands of grassroots activists nationwide to fight for change in their communities. They join a list of other prominent national organizations endorsing Sweet, including Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress, Democracy for America, Progressive Democrats for America, and Blue America.

In a statement made on a statewide organizing call in Maine, Mike Oles, the National Field Director at Our Revolution, said:

“I’m proud to announce that Our Revolution National is endorsing Betsy Sweet for U.S. Senate. 

Betsy is a life-long human rights activist, political organizer, small business owner, and mother of three amazing young women. She has spent the past 40 years advocating for underserved Mainers and will continue that work in the Senate, as someone who puts the values and interests of everyday people ahead of special interest or establishment politics. She is exactly what we need to defeat Susan Collins.”

In her announcement speech, Sweet described protecting women’s reproductive rights, passing Medicare For All, barring corporate money from state and federal elections, and taking bold action on the climate crisis as central in her decision to run for the Democratic nomination against Senator Collins. She argued that Maine voters are not seeing their demands met in Washington, pointing to Senator Collins’ perceived allegiance with President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a key reason why. 

Sweet has pledged to refuse dark money, federal lobbying, and corporate PAC money.

A former director of the Maine Women’s Lobby and the Maine Commission for Women, as well as a small business owner, Sweet has spent her career advocating for people with disabilities, the elderly, women, children, and low-income individuals and families. Sweet helped write and pass the first Family Medical Leave Act in the nation. Ten years later, she was instrumental in writing and passing Maine’s Clean Elections Act, another first for the country.  She gained statewide prominence in 2018, when she ran in the Democratic primary for Governor as the only clean elections candidate.