Justice Democrats endorses seven House members' reelection bids

Justice Democrats endorses seven House members' reelection bids

Justice Democrats, a liberal advocacy group, on Thursday endorsed seven incumbent House members in their 2020 reelection bids.

The progressive organization endorsed Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown Young activists press for change in 2020 election Ocasio-Cortez calls out Steve King, Liz Cheney amid controversy over concentration camp remarks MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders to propose canceling .6 trillion in US student debt Omar: 'People are being put in camps' at southern border Don't let demagoguery derail new black-Jewish congressional alliance MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibGOP hopes dim on reclaiming House Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Democrats take aim at Trump policies by passing T spending package MORE (D-Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressives seize on impeachment in 2020 primaries Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Democrats take aim at Trump policies by passing T spending package MORE (D-Mass.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalSanders to propose canceling .6 trillion in US student debt Democrats not keen to reignite Jerusalem embassy fight GOP rep: Trump needs to retaliate against Iran to deter other hostile nations MORE (D-Wash.), Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaDemocrats talk up tax credits to counter Trump law GOP lawmaker on Iran: Congress should vote on 'what's worthy of spilling American blood and what isn't' Pelosi shoots down censure for Trump: 'If the goods are there you must impeach' MORE (D-Calif.) and Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.).

“We are proud to re-endorse some of the strongest voices in the Democratic Party for solutions that match the scale of our country’s problems,” Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, said in a statement.

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“These leaders have all brought a breath of fresh air to a party that for too long was simply catering to Wall Street donors, Republicans, and piecemeal solutions. Justice Democrats are going to continue fighting to elect new leadership inside the party, shift the terrain of what’s considered politically possible, and create a party that’s accountable to its voters, not corporate donors.”

Justice Democrats made waves in the 2018 midterm elections by supporting Ocasio-Cortez in her unexpected primary win against longtime Democratic New York congressman Joseph Crowley.

Although Thursday's endorsements are all for progressive incumbents, the group said it will support more primary challengers to House incumbents in safe blue districts in 2020, and has made Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) its first target.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) pushed back against groups with similar goals in March, warning would-be campaign vendors that the party wouldn't award contracts to political firms working for primary challengers.

"The DCCC is using financial leverage to try and stop leaders like Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rising in the party through primary challenges," Rojas said in a statement at the time.