Ill. Dem on support for Pelosi: ‘I would have to see who’s running’

Ill. Dem on support for Pelosi: ‘I would have to see who’s running’
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A progressive Democrat running for a House seat in Illinois said in a new interview that she might not support House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse votes unanimously to extend deadline for coronavirus small-business loan program Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House approves .5T green infrastructure plan | Rubio looks to defense bill to block offshore drilling, but some fear it creates a loophole | DC-area lawmakers push for analysis before federal agencies can be relocated MORE (D-Calif.) as the Democrats' leader.

“I would have to see who’s running,” Marie Newman told The New York Times when asked if she would back Pelosi as Speaker if Democrats seize control of the House.

Republicans have attempted to tie Democratic candidates in last week's Pennsylvania special election and other races across the country to Pelosi, who is unpopular in certain districts.

Pelosi downplayed such criticism, however, saying Democratic candidate Conor Lamb won the election in Pennsylvania.

She also defeated a challenge from Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Artistic Director Tim Seelig says choirs are dangerous; Pence says, 'We have saved lives' National Retail Federation hosts virtual 'store tours' for lawmakers amid coronavirus In the next COVID-19 bill, target innovation and entrepreneurship MORE (D-Ohio) for leadership of the party in 2016. 

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Newman is running to unseat Rep. Daniel LipinskiDaniel William LipinskiHouse to pass sweeping police reform legislation Sanders raised over 0,000 for candidates in Tuesday primaries Engel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left MORE (D-Ill.), who has held his seat for more than a decade. His father previously represented the district.

Progressives have been heavily targeting Lipinski, arguing that his views are out of touch with the district and Democratic Party. 

A recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling shows Lipinski with 43 percent of the vote and Newman with 41 percent. Fifteen percent of likely Democratic primary voters are undecided.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHickenlooper beats back progressive challenge in Colorado primary Progressive groups urge Biden to tap Warren as running mate Young Turks host says Elizabeth Warren should be Biden's VP pick MORE (I-Vt.) earlier this month backed Newman in the race.

Newman and Lipinski will square off in a primary on Tuesday.