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DCCC’s War With Progressives Intensifies as Bustos Aids Lipinski in Illinois

DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos first angered her far left colleagues by blackballing vendors who work for primary challengers. Now she’s fundraising for a candidate that progressives want to defeat.

By NTK Staff | 05.16.2019 @11:30am
DCCC’s War With Progressives Intensifies as Bustos Aids Lipinski in Illinois

The war between establishment Democrats and the far-left wing of the party is intensifying according to a new report from Crain’s Chicago Business.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) chair, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser for Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), a top target for progressive Democrats who believe the congressman is too moderate.

In 2018, liberal challenger Marie Newman ran against Lipinski and came within two percentage points of winning the primary. But Bustos is enforcing a DCCC policy that would blackball any vendor that works with Newman, or any other candidate challenging a sitting member of Congress, from working in any official capacity for Democratic members or committees.

It’s a move that does not sit well with many liberal members of Congress, including perhaps the body’s most vocal member, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Newman told Politico last month that she already lost numerous vendors thanks to the policy.

“I’ve had four consultants leave the campaign,” she said. “We’ve now had two mail firms say that they couldn’t work with us because of the DCCC issue, and then a [communications] group, a compliance group and several pollsters.”

Bustos’ attendance is another blow to Newman’s efforts to unseat Lipinski, as it carries weight beyond just her own personal approval, according to Crain’s:

Team Lipinski hasn’t said how much the event will pull in, but it’s hard to imagine Bustos would agree to be the star attraction without at least the tacit approval of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. And even tacit backing from the speaker will be valuable.

Pelosi, who represents a San Francisco district, probably is more in tune philosophically with Marie Newman, who fell just short of knocking out Lipinski in the primary last year and is gearing up to challenge him again.

But leaders rarely back primary challenges to sitting members of their own party, and Bustos’ help for Lipinski will make it at least a little harder to beat him.

Newman attacked Bustos and the DCCC with a tweet on Wednesday, highlighting Lipinski’s pro-life positions and tying them to a recently passed abortion law in Alabama.

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