Liberal groups back ‘Warren wing’ of candidates

Two progressive PACs announced on Monday that they are endorsing a trio of Congressional candidates who they say echo Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE (D-Mass.).

Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee said they were backing Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinCongressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial questions; civil Democratic debate MORE, Joseline Pena-MeInyk and Susannah Randolph during their respective House races next year.


Raskin is seeking Maryland’s 8th Congressional District seat following incumbent Rep. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenParnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Overnight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon GAO finds Trump administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid MORE (D) decision to run for the Senate.

Pena-MeInyk, meanwhile, is campaigning for Maryland’s 4th Congressional District instead, given that incumbent Rep. Donna EdwardsDonna F. EdwardsDemocratic Senate candidate blasts own party for racial 'foghorn' Autoworkers' union endorsing Van Hollen in MD Senate race Dem leaders' hard sell pays off on omnibus MORE (D) is also running to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiLobbying World Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Raskin embraces role as constitutional scholar MORE in 2016.

Randolph is seeking the Florida 9th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Alan GraysonAlan Mark GraysonFlorida's Darren Soto fends off Dem challenge from Alan Grayson Live results: Arizona and Florida hold primaries The Hill's Morning Report: Frustration mounts as Republicans blow up tax message MORE (D). Grayson is vacating that seat for a shot at the Senator’s chair held by Sen. Marco Rubio, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate.

Raskin, Pena-MeInyk and Randolph are additionally all competing in crowded Democratic primaries next election cycle.

Randolph has two challengers, while Pena-MeInyk and Raskin each have five competitors.

None of the three seats are seen as competitive in the general election.

The groups are backing the trio given their track record of progressive policy stances. The three are described by the groups are representing the “Elizabeth Warren wing” of the Democratic party.

“They are proven progressive champs in their home states who are campaigning on big ideas like expanding Social Security, debt-free college, a $15 minimum wage, automatic voter registration at age 18, campaign finance reform, police reform, Wall Street reform and criminal accountability when corporate executives break the law,” PCCC co-founders Stephanie Taylor and Adam Green said in an email to members obtained by The Hill.

“It’s time we started sending more Elizabeth Warren Democrats like them to the House,” DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain said in an email to his own group’s members.

Chamberlain also argued that the resignation of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) last week provides a new opportunity for Democrats.

“With John Boehner gone, the House Republicans are about to get even crazier, and that’s a scary thought,” Chamberlain said.

“I won’t lie to you,” he added.  “Rebuilding Democratic power in the House isn’t going to be easy or quick.  But it starts with sending progressive leaders to represent us in Congress.”