Katie Porter endorses Engel challenger Jamaal Bowman

Katie Porter endorses Engel challenger Jamaal Bowman
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Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) on Monday endorsed Jamaal Bowman, who is challenging House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelProgressives target Manchin, Sinema with new PAC State Department sets up new bureau for cybersecurity and emerging technologies How Congress dismissed women's empowerment MORE (D-N.Y.), who is in his 16th term in the House, in a June 23 Democratic primary.

“Jamaal Bowman is running for Congress for the same reasons I did — to stand up to special interests and fight for working families. He’ll come to Congress ready to take on corporate executives, not hit them up for donations,” Porter said in a statement Monday. “Our Congress needs new voices like Jamaal’s to push our country forward. As a fellow parent and educator, I am proud to endorse Jamaal. I hope you’ll join me in supporting him in the June 23rd Primary.”

“I am honored to have earned Congresswoman Porter’s support and endorsement,” Bowman said in tweeting out the endorsement.


Bowman has seen several high-profile endorsements from the progressive wing of the party in recent weeks, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMcConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay Senate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Democrats break COVID-19 impasse with deal on jobless benefits MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo MORE (D-N.Y.), as well as from the editorial board of The New York Times. The Times specifically cited a recent incident in which Engel, attending an event in his district, was captured on a hot mic insisting he be allowed to speak at a particular time, saying, “if I didn’t have a primary I wouldn’t care.”

Several members of House Democratic leadership, however, have rallied around Engel in his tough primary challenge.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Democrats want to silence opposing views, not 'fake news' White House defends not sanctioning Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi What good are the intelligence committees? MORE (D-Calif.) both endorsed Engel for reelection in statements to Politico on Sunday, while Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesJustice Dept. pledges to address hate crimes against Asian Americans Xi'an Famous Foods CEO warns of anti-Asian hate crimes in NYC Democrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) endorsed him on Saturday.