Former middle school principal Jamaal Bowman has been endorsed by the liberal group Democracy for America in his primary challenge to Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.
Bowman is campaigning in support of a progressive platform that includes the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, The Hill reported. He has already been endorsed by the progressive group Justice Democrats.
“Jamaal Bowman is right on the issues — he’s ready to fight for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, just immigration reform, and affordable housing,” Yvette Simpson, DFA’s chief executive officer, said in announcing the Wednesday endorsement.
“But just as importantly, Bowman is committed to confronting and correcting past wrongs, like the 1994 Crime Bill and the No Child Left Behind Act, that his corporate-funded opponent voted for over his more than 30 years in Congress.”
Engel, who is seeking his 17th term in office, has raised $1.6 million this cycle. Bowman has brought in $540,000, The Hill noted. Special education teacher Andom Ghebreghiorgis is also a candidate in the Democrats’ primary.
Meanwhile, Bowman blasted Washington’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in a Tuesday tweet.
He wrote that “too many working Americans have been let down by Washington.”
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