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Bowman on Democratic frictions: There seems to be 'disconnect' between DNC, what's happening

Congressional candidate Jamaal Bowman on Monday told Hill.TV that there appears to be a “disconnect” between the top speakers at the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) and figures he said represent the future of the party.

Bowman, a progressive who won a primary challenge against House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelDemocrats call on Blinken to set new sexual misconduct policies at State Department Lawmakers on hot mic joke 'aisle hog' Engel absent from Biden address: 'He'd wait all day' Bowman to deliver progressive response to Biden's speech to Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) in June, discussed the 17 Democratic “rising stars” who will speak at the convention and said the lineup should “definitely” include people like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality MORE (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIt's past time we elect a Black woman governor House Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias MORE (D-Mass.).

Such people, he said, “represent what I think the Democratic Party is going to be going forward. I mean, the progressives have spoken resoundingly in elections across the country.” He cited both definitive primary victories by Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias Omar: I wasn't equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarYoung Turks founder on Democratic establishment: 'They lie nonstop' Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters MORE (D-Minn.) as well as Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush winning a primary against nine-term incumbent Rep. Lacy ClayWilliam (Lacy) Lacy ClayLobbying world Ex-Rep. Clay joins law and lobbying firm Pillsbury Liberal advocacy group stirs debate, discomfort with primary challenges MORE (D-Mo.).

“It’s unfortunate that it continues to be a disconnect between the DNC and what’s happening on the ground with real American people,” he added. “With all due respect to [former Ohio Gov.] John Kasich [R] and many others who are speaking, there are new voices that I think the American people need to hear from, because it pulls them into the democratic process and gets them excited about our country moving forward.”