Khanna calls out progressives who haven't endorsed Lipinski challenger

Khanna calls out progressives who haven't endorsed Lipinski challenger
© Greg Nash

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaCongress set for showdown with Trump over Kurds Is Congress too afraid to fight Big Pharma? Democrats probing whether groups booked Trump hotel rooms to earn president's favor: report MORE (D-Calif.) is calling out other progressives who have yet to endorse Marie Newman, the primary challenger to centrist Rep. Daniel LipinskiDaniel William LipinskiBooker endorses Lipinski challenger The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Association of Manufacturers - Trump defends Ukraine motives while attacking Biden Democrats rally behind incumbents as Lipinski takes liberal fire MORE (D-Ill.).

Reps. Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodHouse Dems introduce bill to fight social media disinformation House passes bill to revamp medical screenings for migrants at border The Hill's 12:30 Report: All eyes on Pelosi as calls for impeachment grow MORE (D-Ill.) and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Booker endorses Lipinski challenger Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings MORE (D-N.Y.) "and I are so far the Democrats endorsing pro choice @Marie4Congress over anti choice, anti ACA, anti LGBTQ equality Dan Lipinski,” Khanna tweeted. “Honest question: Shouldn’t endorsing @Marie4Congress be a no brainer for anyone who is a progressive in Congress?” 

Lipinski has come under an avalanche of liberal criticism over his opposition to abortion and refusal to co-sponsor the Equality Act, though he did eventually vote for the legislation to expand civil protections for LGBTQ people despite earlier concerns that it could conflict with religious liberty. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Newman is running against Lipinski in Illinois’s 3rd Congressional District in a rematch of 2018, when she lost by just over 2,000 votes. 

Ocasio-Cortez, a leading progressive who was elected to Congress last year, threw her support behind Newman Tuesday.

“Marie Newman is a textbook example of one of the ways that we could be better as a party — to come from a deep blue seat and to be championing all the issues we need to be championing,” Ocasio-Cortez told The New York Times

“The fact that a deep blue seat is advocating for many parts of the Republican agenda is extremely problematic. We’re not talking about a swing state that is being forced to take tough votes.” 

Newman has come out in support of an array of progressive priorities, including “Medicare for All” and the Green New Deal. She has also picked up endorsements from Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren raised more money from Big Tech employees than other 2020 Democrats: Report Krystal Ball reacts to Ocasio-Cortez endorsing Sanders: 'Class power over girl power' Saagar Enjeti praises Yang for bringing threat of automation to forefront at Ohio debate MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter knocks Zuckerberg for invoking her father while defending Facebook Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems advance drug pricing bill | Cases of vaping-related lung illnesses near 1,500 | Juul suspends sales of most e-cigarette flavors MORE (D-Mass.), two leading progressives running for president. 

“The momentum is growing in our movement to make the Democratic Party fight for solutions as big as the problems we face and create a party of voters, not corporate donors,” Newman said in a statement Tuesday responding to Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement.