Booker endorses Lipinski challenger

Booker endorses Lipinski challenger
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Democratic presidential contender Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA rule extends life of toxic coal ash ponds | Flint class action suit against Mich. officials can proceed, court rules | Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill Overnight Defense: Guardsman to testify Lafayette Square clearing was 'unprovoked escalation' | Dems push for controversial Pentagon nominee to withdraw | Watchdog says Pentagon not considering climate change risks to contractors MORE (D-N.J.) endorsed Rep. Daniel LipinskiDaniel William LipinskiHow a progressive populist appears to have toppled Engel House to pass sweeping police reform legislation Sanders raised over 0,000 for candidates in Tuesday primaries MORE's (D-Ill.) primary challenger, Marie Newman, on Thursday, saying it was time for "new leadership" in the Illinois district.

Booker cited Newman's stances on health care, women's reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights as his reasons for throwing his support behind Newman. 

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“That is why I believe it is time for new leadership in Illinois’ Third District from a candidate who shares our party’s values," Booker said in a statement. "I am proud to support Marie, who will be a champion for equality and justice for the families of her district. I look forward to campaigning with and for her tomorrow and in the coming months.”

The senator's campaign announced that Booker will join Newman at a campaign event in Chicago on Friday. 

Lipinski is seen as a Blue Dog Democrat who liberals say is too conservative for the party. The congressman voted against the Affordable Care Act and has voiced opposition to abortion. 

Liberals have, in turn, flocked to Newman as their preferred choice to represent Illinois's 3rd Congressional District, which includes parts of Cook County. The district was previously represented by his father, former Rep. Bill Lipinski (D-Ill.). 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet Here are top contenders to be Biden's VP Kamala Harris to young Black women at conference: 'I want you to be ambitious' MORE (D-Mass.), who is also running for president, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez,200 may be enough in Mitch McConnell's hometown of Louisville, but not in most US cities Democrats go big on diversity with new House recruits Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul MORE (D-N.Y.) endorsed Newman last month.