America is changing. Within a decade gay marriage became so acceptable that South Bend, Indiana’s Mayor Pete Buttigieg is running for president and has a viable shot at the vice-presidency. While change can be a little disorienting, it appears to be good news for the Democrats, and here is why.
The ever-popular Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) announced her support of Chicago progressive Democrat Marie Newman. The candidate wants to unseat the sitting very conservative Representative Daniel Lipinski (D-IL). Newman is a 2020 primary challengers to Lipinski.
Ocasio-Cortez’s support has carried a lot of weight among Democrats. Plus, she has urged her fans to vote for Newman. This new candidate has been a businesswoman and advertises herself “a real Democrat.” She ran against Lipinski in 2018 and lost by a mere 2,000 votes, according to The New York Times.
Ocasio-Cortez wanted to improve the Democratic party by increasing the “deep blue seat(s),” according to The Times:
‘Marie Newman is a textbook example of one of the ways that we could be better as a party — to come from a deep blue seat and to be championing all the issues we need to be championing.’
Of Mr. Lipinski, she said:
‘The fact that a deep blue seat is advocating for many parts of the Republican agenda is extremely problematic. We’re not talking about a swing state that is being forced to take tough votes.’
Eighth-term Lipinski, 53, advertises himself as “a workhorse, not a show horse.” He has been against abortion rights and voted nay against the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare). He has also made his claim for conservative legislators holding office. His father William Lipinski held his seat for two decades prior to the sitting representative.
The New York representative spoke about Lipinski:
‘The fact that a deep blue seat is advocating for many parts of the Republican agenda is extremely problematic. We’re not talking about a swing state that is being forced to take tough votes… If we’re going to make these changes, they need to come from safe blue seats.’
Abortion rights supporter Newman, 55, said that the congressman was way more conservative than the people in his district. He has represented portions of the Chicago suburbs:
‘This campaign is about putting someone in place that is in alignment directly with the district on issues like affordability for the middle class and working families, the Green New Deal. (She and Ocasio-Cortez) share some very similar values.’
Executive Director of Justice Democrats Alexandra Rojas said:
‘We are so proud that Marie Newman is the first Justice Democrat of this cycle to receive an endorsement from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The momentum is growing in our movement to make the Democratic Party fight for solutions as big as the problems we face and create a party that fights for its voters, not corporate donors.’
The Justice Democrats supported Ocasio-Cortez’s rapid rise to office while overtaking a long-time Democrat. They backed Newman, too.
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