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-CortezOn The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline McCarthy says there will be a peaceful transition if Biden wins Anxious Democrats amp up pressure for vote on COVID-19 aid MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' Democrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' George Conway: 'Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand' Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge MORE (D-Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyFauci, Black Lives Matter founders included on Time's 100 Most Influential People list Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' Pressley applauded on House floor after moving speech on living with alopecia MORE (D-Mass.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalHillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Bipartisan representatives demand answers on expired surveillance programs DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility MORE (D-Wash.), Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaThe Hill Interview: Jerry Brown on climate disasters, COVID-19 and Biden's 'Rooseveltian moment' Congress needs to prioritize government digital service delivery DeJoy defends Postal Service changes at combative House hearing 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.