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Liberal Groups Back Challenger to Pro-Life Democrat in Illinois

NARAL, MoveOn.org, Human Rights Campaign, and others are backing a challenger to Rep. Dan Lipinski.

By NTK Staff | 11.28.2017 @3:00pm
Liberal Groups Back Challenger to Pro-Life Democrat in Illinois

Undergoing a similar reckoning to the GOP’s “Tea Party” in 2010, liberal and progressive Democrats are targeting insufficiently-liberal incumbent Democrats and backing far-left challengers

In Illinois, progressive groups announced Tuesday they are backing a challenger to Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), a pro-life congressman who’s served in the House since 2005.

NARAL Pro-Choice, MoveOn.org, Human Rights Campaign, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Democracy for America (DFA) have decided to back Marie Newman, a former advertising consultant and anti-bullying nonprofit head, in her bid to unseat Lipinski.

The progressive groups criticized Lipinski’s record on abortion, same-sex marriage and immigration in their statements, which were provided exclusively to The Hill ahead of Tuesday’s official endorsement.

“Time is up for Congressman Lipinski. For too long, Dan Lipinski has ignored the needs of working families across Illinois, by pushing his fringe ideological agenda at the expense of women and families across the state,” Ilyse Hogue, NARAL’s president, said in a statement.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), widely viewed as a potential White House contender, announced her support for Newman earlier this month.

Long-serving Democrats have increasingly found themselves in the crosshairs of far-left liberal groups in the Trump era. Last month, NTK Network listed the top 9 Democratic primaries expected for 2018, including a high-profile California Senate match-up.

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