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Pressley endorses Bowman in primary race against Engel

Pressley endorses Bowman in primary race against Engel
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Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyGOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' Pelosi faces caucus divisions in Biden era Record number of Black women elected to Congress in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday endorsed Jamaal Bowman, who is waging a primary challenge to Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelMeet the three Democrats who could lead foreign affairs in the House Trump relents as GSA informs Biden transition to begin Dozens of progressive groups endorse Joaquin Castro for Foreign Affairs chair MORE (D) in New York's 16th District. 

Pressley is just the latest progressive to throw their support behind Bowman, a middle school principal who has seen a surge of support in his bid against Engel in the lead-up to the June 23 primary, with signs indicating the 16-term incumbent may be on his heels.

“We need leaders like Jamaal Bowman in Congress now more than ever. As a 20-year public school educator in New York, Jamaal knows what it means to build community and fight for those too often left out and left behind. In Congress, Jamaal will continue to advance bold solutions — fighting to end mass incarceration and working to actualize the People’s Justice Guarantee,” said Pressley. 

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“Jamaal will be relentless in his commitment to universal health care, affordable housing, and environmental justice. He will never forget who he represents or who he is accountable to — the people. I’m so glad to endorse Jamaal for Congress, and I look forward to working with him in Congress to achieve bold, progressive change," she continued.

Bowman has already received endorsements from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere Trump tweets Thanksgiving criticism of NFL QBs for kneeling Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIn defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality Trump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks MORE (D-Mass.).

The New York progressive is posing one of the stiffest primary challenges Engel has faced since he was first elected to the House. Engel has come under a flood of scrutiny over his absence from his district amid the coronavirus pandemic, particularly after he was heard saying on a hot mic at an event that he cared more about a speaking opportunity because he is facing a primary challenge.

A new poll also shows Engel trailing Bowman by 10 points just a week before the primary.

Still, Engel has the support of high-profile Democrats including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (Calif.) and former presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonValadao unseats Cox in election rematch Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work MORE. He has a beefier campaign bank account than Bowman and he has seen his profile rise as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which played a key role in President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE’s impeachment.