Louisiana’s Foster Campbell is running for the Senate as a “conservative” Democrat, but his largest contribution in the past month came from the Senate’s most liberal member, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.).
Campbell’s bid to win this weekend’s runoff election in a state where Donald Trump won by 20 points hinges on his ability to win Republican-leaning voters. He has stated he is “pro-Second Amendment and pro-life,” putting him at odds with most of his party, but his status as the Democrats’ last hope to make gains this election has made him a darling of left-wing activists since Election Day.
One of those activists is Warren, who contributed $5,000 to Campbell through her PAC for a Level Playing Field on Nov. 18, according to his campaign’s most recent campaign filing.
Campbell is not the usual candidate Warren’s PAC supports—every other Senate candidate it gave money to this cycle aligns closely with Warren on abortion and gun rights. Warren’s PAC did not contribute to Campbell during the general election, but decided to support him now that he is the only Democrat left.
The support from Warren, who has been graded as the Senate’s most liberal member, hasn’t changed the way Campbell is running in Louisiana.
Just a week after the contribution, Campbell’s allies began an ad campaign attacking his Republican opponent for having ties to Planned Parenthood, a group that gives Warren a perfect 100 percent rating.
Warren’s support indicates that she thinks Campbell would be an ally in the Senate despite their differences.
Like Warren, Campbell opposes Trump’s proposed border wall and is against repealing Obamacare. Campbell is also a self-described populist with a “fondness” for bashing the oil industry and other large corporations.
A political expert in Louisiana told the New York Times that there is not “a smidgen of difference” between Campbell and his opponent, unless Campbell is given “a chance to attack oil and gas.”
Campbell’s campaign did not respond to questions on whether he has been in communication with Warren.
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