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A version of this story first appeared in the April 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
“He’s bought a better suit. Not a very good one, but better.” So claims the proud elder brother of Bernie Sanders (or “Bernard,” as he calls him) of the lifestyle changes his only sibling has made since becoming a national candidate. “Up until a couple of months ago, he was still using economy class in planes, which I told him was crazy because he needed to rest,” Larry Sanders, 81, explains to THR, acknowledging that there’s now a rented campaign jet. “But he was very uncomfortable to change.”
A fellow lifelong socialist, Larry has been watching the Bernie phenomenon from across the Atlantic. After falling in love with a British woman while “on my travels,” in 1969 he decamped to Oxford, where he’s lived since (although he hasn’t lost the deep old-school Brooklyn baritone), working as a lecturer, social worker and local government official. He recently was appointed health spokesperson for the U.K.’s environmentally focused Green Party (“not a paid job, alas”).
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