Dianne Morales had a good week.
The former nonprofit CEO is a political newcomer with little name recognition, but this week, her campaign got a much needed boost of energy.
"When you had a week like Dianne this week, you're going to get a lot more people saying she can win, and she can," said state Senator Jabari Brisport, one of a handful of legislators backing Morales' bid.
The Working Families Party ranked Morales as their second choice in their endorsement on Tuesday, and her campaign got an infusion of cash Thursday when the City's Campaign Finance Board announced Morales would receive more than $2.2 million in public matching funds.
"This is the shot in the arm that her campaign has been waiting for, and this is the moment for the campaign to really catch fire," Brisport said.
Brisport is one of several Democratic Socialists of America-backed candidates who won a Senate race last year. Although in smaller scale, like Morales, he ran an insurgent campaign challenging opponents from the left securing a win despite warnings that his platform was too liberal for his district.
"The notion that New York isn’t ready for these set of policies has been disproved by the data, it's just a matter of making sure her campaign can now speak to as many people as possible," Brisport said
The Morales campaign did not make her available for an interview. In a statement, a campaign spokesperson said: "Matching means a lot to a truly grassroots campaign like us -- we’ve been able to grow our staff, which enables us to support our movement of supporters and to deepen connections with New Yorkers across all five boroughs."
On the surface, Morales appears to be capturing the left's energy, even if some, like the Working Families Party, are hesitant to put her at the top of their ticket, citing her so-called viability.
“Sometimes, the battle is not convincing people that your policies are the right ones. The battle is convincing people that you are viable,” Brisport said.
The next few weeks will be a test for the Morales campaign. A recently hired field team is set to help launch what they're calling the "politics for all people tour." It's set to start in Brooklyn with a traveling block party this weekend.