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CBC Accuses Far-Left Group of Targeting Black Lawmakers in Primaries

The Congressional Black Caucus said that Justice Democrats, which launched Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to fame, is trying to unseat a series of black lawmakers.

By NTK Staff | 07.12.2019 @10:33am
CBC Accuses Far-Left Group of Targeting Black Lawmakers in Primaries

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) accused Justice Democrats, a far-left group that supports policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, of trying to unseat African-American lawmakers through primaries.

Justice Democrats, perhaps best known for backing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary bid against longtime Queens congressman Joe Crowley, is backing primary challengers against 10-term incumbent Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), who is viewed to be a potential successor to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

But Justice Democrats may not be stopping there, according to The Hill’s Scott Wong. Four other black lawmakers could be next:

And CBC leaders are fretting that Justice Democrats may target other black lawmakers in the coming weeks and months, including Reps. Yvette Clarke(D-N.Y.), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Emanual Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Anthony Brown(D-Md.). Brown said the group has been making calls in his district, actively trying to recruit a challenger to run against him.

“It just seems strange that the social Democrats seem to be targeting members of the Congressional Black Caucus, individuals who have stood and fought to make sure that African Americans are included and part of this process,” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) told The Hill.

And race has been a hot topic among congressional Democrats this week. Ocasio-Cortez accused Pelosi of picking on “women of color” like herself and Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). Several members of the CBC defended Pelosi against Ocasio-Cortez’s attacks.

And Justice Democrats defended their actions, too. One unnamed source close to Justice Democrats called the CBC’s accusations “absurd and more about protecting incumbency over democracy.”

Justice Democrats’ executive director, Alexandra Rojas, noted that Clay’s challenger is Cori Bush, an African-American nurse and Black Lives Matter activist. And they also back Pressley in Massachusetts.

Still, CBC members can’t help but notice a pattern.

“It does make you wonder what’s going on,” said CBC member Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.). “Some names that have been mentioned all seem to be people of color, and more so CBC members.”

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