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House Dems Spur an Intraparty Showdown in Illinois

House Dems Spur an Intraparty Showdown in Illinois
Congressional Steel Caucus member, Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 14, 2016. (AP Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 February 2018 09:29 AM

House Democrats are turning on one of their own in Illinois, publicly backing a progressive challenger to Blue Dog Rep. Dan Lipinski in next month's primary, The Atlantic reports.

Lipinski's political sins are many for a Democrat: He voted against Obamacare in 2010; he's a pro-life Democrat; he's against same-sex marriage and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; he initially voted against protections for "Dreamers," The Atlantic reports.

That's not going to fly in a district that went heavy for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary and then gave Hillary Clinton a 15-point victory in the general.

And now, buoyed by a credible challenger, Lipinski's Illinois peers in the House, Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Luís Gutierrez, are bucking political protocol and rallying against an incumbent.

Lipinski is "just really out of step," Schakowsky told The Atlantic, "and this is a really progressive moment where new candidates, first-time candidates are running strong —people who are standing up for basic principles that Dan has continually voted against."

That first-time candidate in the Illinois 3rd is Marie Newman, a local activist who has garnered the support of myriad progressive groups against Lipinski.

"For me, his votes on immigration and his votes on healthcare have been astonishing to me and just demonstrate how out of touch he is with the people in this district," Newman told The Atlantic.

But Newman is up against "the Lipinski monarchy," as she calls it, and the money that comes with that.

Lipinski essentially inherited the seat in the true-blue district from his father, Bill, in 2004, and is sitting on a war chest of $1.6 million vs. her $236,000, The Atlantic reports.

"We've had 36 years of Lipinski-ism," Newman told The Atlantic. "That’s pretty tough to combat."

The March 20 primary-winner between Lipinski and Newman will face a Holocaust-denier and former chief of the American Nazi Party, Arthur Jones, the lone Republican nominee who has been abandoned by his own state party.

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