FRANK VAISVILAS | FEBRUARY 08, 2020
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Saturday announced her endorsement of Marie Newman, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski in the Democratic primary for the 3rd District Congressional seat.
“Marie gets it,” Lightfoot said. “Unlike the incumbent, Marie has been a stalwart supporter of a woman’s right to choose.”
Lightfoot criticized Lipinski, of Western Springs, for being one of two Democrats who recently signed onto an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to review the landmark abortion case of Roe vs. Wade.
She said Lipinski also didn’t support Barack Obama’s reelection in 2012, voted against the Affordable Care Act and had disenfranchised Latino voters.
Newman said her first campaign against Lipinski was similar to Lightfoot’s campaign in that they were initially seen as long shots.
Looking around the room of members from several different organizations, such as the Service Employees International Union, Planned Parenthood supporters, Moms Demand Action for gun sense and Indivisible Illinois, Newman said it will take a coalition to help get her elected.
Lipinski has held the seat in Congress since 2005 and narrowly defeated Newman in the 2018 primary before easily defeating Holocaust-denier Arthur Jones who represented the Republican Party in the general election.
Newman said she has known Lightfoot for about three years and hopes her endorsement will help push her over the threshold to defeat Lipinski.