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Former Obama Aides Hold Press Conference to Attack … a Fellow Dem

So incensed by a mailer sent by an outside group on Rep. Dan Lipinski’s behalf, the aides held a hastily-assembled press conference to attack him.

By NTK Staff | 03.16.2018 @11:00am
Former Obama Aides Hold Press Conference to Attack … a Fellow Dem

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) has made his fair share of enemies. The lone Illinois Democrat to vote against Obamacare, Lipinski refused to endorse President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012 and is pro-life.

Lipinski has represented the Chicago suburb district since 2005, and before that, his father represented Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District since 1993. That, some Obama loyalists argue, is long enough for the Lipinskis.

Lipinski is facing a serious primary challenge from self-described progressive Marie Newman, and Obama loyalists would much rather see Newman representing that district than Lipinski. Here’s what pushed them over the edge:

A campaign mailer from a super PAC backing Lipinski gave the group the opportunity to pile on Lipinski at the worst possible moment. The mail piece featured a photo of the former president on one side, and the words, “Known for Leading.” The flip side offered a picture of Democratic opponent Marie Newman under the headline, “Known for Misleading.”

The idea that Lipinski — who voted against the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature achievement, and declined to endorse Obama’s reelection in 2012 — would try to use the former president’s image resurrected such deep feelings of betrayal that the group of former staffers and supporters quickly assembled for a news conference to call out the congressman for what they called hypocrisy.

“We will not allow Dan Lipinski’s hypocrisy to stand,” one former Team Obama member and current Organizing for America staffer said.

Lipinski’s campaign told Politico it “did not send that mailer” and that it “has no control” over its content.

The primary is being held on Tuesday, March 20.

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