Between the rise of Bernie Sanders, the email controversy hanging over her campaign, and Joe Biden’s potential run, Hillary Clinton needs all the help she can get—even as she remains the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic nomination.
Some of that political reinforcement will come from Capitol Hill, and not always from the usual suspects.
Sure, Senate Democratic leader-in-waiting Chuck Schumer backed Clinton long ago, while the top Democrats in Congress—Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid—have signaled support while stopping short of formal endorsements for now. But here are seven other Democratic lawmakers already backing Clinton who are well-poised to help shore up some of her vulnerabilities.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein. She’s the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and that recently meant access to now-classified information that crossed Clinton’s private email server. Feinstein, seen as something of a hawk on national security, defended Clinton in mid-August after revelations that the intelligence community considered information in at least two emails to be top-secret. She noted that none of them were written by Clinton or bore any classification markings, and appeared to suggest that overclassification could be at play, stating there are questions about “whether information in those emails should have been classified in the first place.” Feinstein could also help defend Clinton from her perch on the Senate Judiciary Committee as GOP Chairman Chuck Grassley deepens his probe of Clinton’s unusual private email arrangement.