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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 EngelProgressives target Manchin, Sinema with new PAC State Department sets up new bureau for cybersecurity and emerging technologies How Congress dismissed women's empowerment 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-CortezClimate change rears its ugly head, but Biden steps up to fight it Meghan McCain grills Psaki on 'hypocrisy' over migrant children facility Ocasio-Cortez slams use of robotic police dog in Bronx community MORE (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPressley says image of Black custodial staff cleaning up Capitol after Jan. 6 riot 'haunts' her DeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes DeJoy set for grilling by House Oversight panel 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 TlaibSix ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' Democrats urge Biden FDA to drop in-person rule for abortion pill MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMehdi Hasan gets MSNBC Sunday prime-time show Six ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' MORE (D-Minn.) as well as Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush winning a primary against nine-term incumbent Rep. Lacy ClayWilliam (Lacy) Lacy ClayProgressives target Manchin, Sinema with new PAC Cori Bush dismisses concerns of being 'co-opted' by establishment Rep. Bush calls Trump a 'white supremacist president' on House floor 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.”