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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 EngelTrump relents as GSA informs Biden transition to begin Dozens of progressive groups endorse Joaquin Castro for Foreign Affairs chair Castro pledges to term limit himself if elected Foreign Affairs chair 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far New Consensus co-founder discusses proposal for Biden to use Fed to sidestep Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyGOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' Pelosi faces caucus divisions in Biden era Record number of Black women elected to Congress in 2020 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 TlaibBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations MORE (D-Minn.) as well as Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush winning a primary against nine-term incumbent Rep. Lacy ClayWilliam (Lacy) Lacy ClayIncoming lawmaker says her Breonna Taylor mask has colleagues calling her Breonna Record number of Black women elected to Congress in 2020 Six people whose election wins made history 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.”