Chicago Tribune, “Marie Newman, progressive challenger to Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, picks up endorsements from 17 local officials”

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Marie Newman, an Illinois 3rd Congressional District Democratic primary challenger to U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, arrives at her Election Night rally in 2018. She is making another attempt to unseat Lipinski.
Marie Newman, an Illinois 3rd Congressional District Democratic primary challenger to U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, arrives at her Election Night rally in 2018. She is making another attempt to unseat Lipinski. (Jim Young/for the Chicago Tribune)

Marie Newman’s primary challenge to veteran Southwest Side and suburban U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski has picked up the backing of 17 local Democratic officials, including four Chicago aldermen, a half-dozen state lawmakers and City Clerk Anna Valencia, her campaign announced Tuesday.

“We both come from union households,” Valencia said in a statement, “and this has instilled values of hard work and dedication to working families. By creating equity across gender, employment and education, we can build an economy that works for all Chicagoans.”

Others backing Newman include Alds. Stephanie Coleman, 16th; Byron Sigcho-Lopez, 25th; Maria Hadden, 49th; and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th, a sometimes controversial Northwest Side alderman who has pushed progressive causes as a Democratic Socialist.

Legislators supporting Newman include state Sen. Toi Hutchinson of Olympia Fields, who is leaving her seat to oversee the legalization of recreational cannabis in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration; state Sen. Laura Fine of Glenview; and state Reps. Theresa Mah, Ann Williams and Kelly Cassidy of Chicago and Lisa Hernandez of Cicero.

In a statement, Newman said she was “honored” to have the support of officials who she said provide her with inspiration with “their courage to challenge the status quo and to fight for their constituents.”

The contest between Lipinski and Newman is a rematch from the March 2018 primary in which the incumbent was elected to an eighth term by 2.2 percentage points, or 2,145 votes out of 95,205 votes cast.

Newman’s candidacy has caused some internal splits nationally among Democrats with party progressives backing the challenger largely due to Lipinski’s opposition to abortion rights.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the symbol of the leftward progressive movement among Democrats in Congress, has endorsed Newman as have freshman U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood of Naperville and two presidential contenders, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Lipinski has repeatedly contended the endorsements of Democratic progressives shows that Newman ideologically was “an extreme candidate who is completely out of step with the voters”

Lipinski has received backing from some progressive colleagues, among them Rep. William Lacy Clay of Missouri, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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