Conservative Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski can really go pound sand. Lipinski, who represents an Illinois district that went 55 percent percent for Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump’s 40 percent, faces a strong primary challenge from Marie Newman, who has been endorsed by Daily Kos, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, EMILY’s List, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the SEIU’s Illinois branch, and many more. But here’s what he had to say about Newman and her backers:
Lipinski describes the movement as a “tea party of the left.” He says the challenges — and an insistence that all Democrats must be in liberal lockstep on issues — is dividing Democrats and could ultimately hurt the party and its ability to regain control of the House this fall.
Tea party of the left? Is that what he calls those of us who don’t appreciate that he opposed Obamacare, voted to weaken Wall Street reform, has co-chaired the House Pro-Life Caucus, opposes marriage equality, and opposed a $15 minimum wage until SEIU dropped its support of him over the issue. Oh, yeah, you’re definitely a left-wing tea partier if you want people to be able to marry who they love, control their own bodies, and earn a living wage! And I guess if you supported President Obama in 2012, you’re definitely a left-wing tea partier, and Dan Lipinski is no left-wing tea partier—he refused to endorse Obama for re-election.