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Democrat Civil War: Progressive Group Targets Incumbent Dems

The progressive group Justice Democrat has set its sights on their first 2020 target Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) according to The Hill.

By NTK Staff | 01.16.2019 @12:30pm
Democrat Civil War: Progressive Group Targets Incumbent Dems

The progressive group Justice Democrats plans to back primary challengers to Democratic incumbents in 2020 in their attempt to move the Democratic Party further to the extreme left, according to a new report.

Justice Democrats grew to national prominence in 2018 when they backed democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in her successful primary challenge to former Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY).

Now the progressive group has set its sights on its first 2020 target, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), according to The Hill.

The Hill reported on Wednesday:

“The primary challenges come as progressive Democrats push for more influence in the new House majority and as they look to shape the party’s politics in 2020, having been emboldened after Democratic voters rejected a few entrenched incumbents last year.”

Justice Democrats have not yet found a candidate to challenge Cuellar in 2020 but have launched a website “for people to nominate potential candidates to run against Cuellar.”

“Many activist and working-class families are disappointed that he’s ignored their concerns and are excited to help find a candidate to run as a progressive that champions the working-class and immigrant community,” Danny Diaz, an organizer who lives in Cuellar’s district, told The Hill.

Cuellar’s team disputes this claim, arguing that they know the district better than a national, out-of-state group.

“They don’t know the district as we do. We feel that the congressman votes in a manner that fits his district. We’re happy to compare our record to anyone else who wants to run,” Cuellar’s campaign manager Colin Strother told The Hill about Justice Democrats’ efforts.

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