House Democrats, Dodging Party Policy, Are Privately Supporting Marie Newman
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Many progressive House Democrats who want to stand up for reproductive rights have been privately helping Newman’s campaign, but are trying to keep it under wraps out of fear of retribution by party leadership. Other members have quietly expressed their desire to help. Much of the hesitation stems from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s longtime position of protecting incumbents, which DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos intensified through a contentious blacklist policy back in April.
But the eight-term incumbent is hardly a Democrat by today’s standards. Lipinski, who inherited the seat from his father, Bill Lipinski, in 2005, opposes abortion rights, LGBTQ equality, voted against the Affordable Care Act in 2010, and refused to endorse Barack Obama for reelection in 2012. According to one analysis, he votes with President Donald Trump about 40 percent of the time.
He also barely survived the previous primary challenge from Newman. Newman, in her first run, even had the backing of two of Lipinski’s home-state colleagues, Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Luis Gutiérrez. This time around, she’s also garnered support from leading progressives including presidential candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. And despite the fact that several consultants dropped her campaign under pressure from the House Democrats’ campaign arm, she’s had no problem winning institutional support once again from groups like EMILY’s List, MoveOn, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
Underwood is one of the lawmakers boosting Newman’s campaign behind the scenes. Despite Khanna’s tweet, Underwood hasn’t actually endorsed Newman and told The Intercept that she doesn’t plan on making an endorsement at this time. But her support hasn’t exactly been a secret, either. She appeared at a campaign event with Planned Parenthood and Newman on September 18 and has donated to the candidate through her political action committee.
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