Warren endorses Engel challenger in New York primary

Warren endorses Engel challenger in New York primary
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday formally threw her support behind Jamaal Bowman, who is challenging Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelHuffPost reporter discusses progressives' successful showing on Tuesday Ex-USAID employee apologizes, denies sending explosive tweets Progressives soaring after big primary night MORE's (N.Y.) reelection bid in New York's 16th District, becoming the latest progressive to back the middle school principal. 

"He is exactly the kind of person we need in Congress fighting for big, structural change. Whether it's fighting for high-quality public schools, affordable housing, or rooting out systemic racism, Jamaal Bowman will be a champion for working people in Washington," Warren said in a statement on her website.

The progressive senator's endorsement is the latest in the Democratic primary, which has divided the party before voters cast ballots on June 23.

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Bowman has also received the support of progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Ethics Committee orders Tlaib to refund campaign ,800 for salary payments Hispanic Caucus asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants MORE (D-N.Y.), and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic Progressive candidate Bush talks about her upset primary win over Rep. Clay MORE (I-Vt.) endorsed Bowman last week. 

"Jamaal understands that low-income families are locked out of opportunity and a decent life due to a system that is rigged to benefit the wealthy," Sanders said in a statement. "In Congress he will lead the fight for investing in our public schools, ending mass incarceration, and addressing the housing crisis. He is someone we can trust to be a powerful advocate for a progressive agenda in Congress."

Engel, on the other hand, has received support from establishment figures, like 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Kanye West 'not denying' his campaign seeks to damage Biden MORE, who endorsed the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman on Monday. 

“I have worked with Eliot Engel as first lady, as senator from New York, and as secretary of state,” Clinton said in a statement to The New York Times. “Every step of the way, his number-one priority has always remained the same: delivering for his constituents.”

Bowman is proving to be one of the toughest primary challengers Engel has faced in his 16-term career in Congress.

In 2018, Engel defeated his primary challenger by 57 points before coasting to victory in an uncontested general election.

However, Bowman has consolidated support from the progressive field and raised more than $200,000 in a two-day period earlier this month. 
 
Engel has come under intense scrutiny from progressives over his absence from his district amid the coronavirus pandemic as well as his foreign policy positions. He was also heard saying on a live microphone earlier this month that he was only attending an event because he had a primary challenger.