Veteran Chicago-area Democrat endorses Lipinksi challenger again

Veteran Chicago-area Democrat endorses Lipinksi challenger again
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Rep. Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyHillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers Democrats call on FTC to investigate allegations of TikTok child privacy violations Hillicon Valley: Facebook permanently shifting thousands of jobs to remote work | Congressional action on driverless cars hits speed bump during pandemic | Republicans grill TikTok over data privacy concerns MORE (D-Ill.) on Tuesday again endorsed Marie Newman, who is challenging Rep. Daniel Lipinksi in a Democratic primary for a second consecutive campaign cycle, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Schakowsky, an 11-term congresswoman, also endorsed Newman in 2018, though Lipinski pulled off a narrow victory.

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Lipinski, currently in his eighth term, has been a top target for progressives, who cite his record on LGBTQ and abortion rights, among other reasons, for opposing him.

“I am proud to stand with Marie. Her election helps Democrats build a party that is willing to take bold steps to bring affordable health care, including prescription drugs, protect and expand Social Security and Medicare, and raise the wages of working Americans,” Schakowsky said Tuesday in a statement.

Newman thanked Schakowsky, a vice chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

“Congresswoman Schakowsky has long led the fight for bold progressive action in Illinois, and I look forward to standing with her in Washington as we fight for policies that will truly improve everybody’s every day,” Newman said.

Lipinski previously beat Newman by just over 2,000 votes in the March 2018 primary for Illinois’s 3rd Congressional District.

Schakowsky endorsed her in 2018 as well, but the endorsement came in January of that year, months later in the cycle than in 2020. The primary is set for March 17.

Newman has received endorsements from several Democratic presidential candidates ahead of the primary as well, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive things to watch in Tuesday's primaries Nina Turner responds to Cornel West's remarks about George Floyd COVID-19 pandemic will shrink economy by trillion in next decade: CBO MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenGeorge Floyd's death ramps up the pressure on Biden for a black VP Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSchumer calls on McConnell to schedule vote on law enforcement reform bill before July 4 This week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic City leaders, Democratic lawmakers urge Trump to tamp down rhetoric as protests rage across US MORE (D-N.J.), as well as Rep. Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodJulián Castro launches PAC to support progressive candidates Gun control group rolls out House endorsements Human Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary MORE (D-Ill.), who became the youngest black woman to serve in Congress upon her election last year.