Clyburn says he planned to stay out of Ohio race until he was called “stupid”

Wednesday, House Majority Whip explained to Axios why he endorsed Shontel Brown and helped her to victory in Ohio’s 15th District.

“I was going to stay right here in South Carolina minding my business until I got called stupid,” Clyburn said.

Per The Hill:

Brown, a Cuyahoga County representative and the candidate favored by a number of centrist Democrats, beat former state Sen. Nina Turner, a staunch progressive, in Tuesday’s race, dealing a victory to the Democratic establishment and a blow to the progressive left.

Clyburn, whose coveted endorsement ahead of the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary propelled then-candidate Joe Biden to securing party’s nomination in 2020, threw his support behind Brown in June.

The 81-year-old Democrat told Axios that he only decided to make an endorsement after Turner, during an economic town hall hosted by the liberal group The Young Turks, agreed with Killer Mike that Clyburn was “incredibly stupid” for supporting Biden in the primaries.

He told Axios that he thought Turner was too divisive for Congress.