Marie Newman announces second challenge against U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski for IL-3rd District seat in the 2020 Democratic primary.
LA GRANGE, IL — It was one of the nation’s most watched congressional races in the 2018 primaries. Now, Marie Newman is back for a rematch. The LaGrange Democrat is throwing her hat into the ring in another go at eight-term incumbent Dan Lipinski for Illinois’s 3rd Congressional seat in the 2020 Democratic primary.
After coming within 2,145 votes of toppling Lipinski and one of Chicago’s longstanding political dynasties, Newman has kept her base of support together, frequently posting on social media and maintaining a highly visible presence in the community.
“I’m running for everyone’s every day issues – for everyone who struggles to pay for health care and pay their bills, for everyone who believes we’re made stronger by welcoming immigrants and for everyone who has seen their rights under assault by conservatives like Dan Lipinski and his Republican allies,” Newman said in Tuesday’s announcement.
In the 2018 primary, Newman won the 3rd District’s suburban voters, which includes sections of the south and western suburbs up to the Cook-DuPage border and a small section of Will County. She lost only in Chicago’s Southwest Side precincts, where Lipinski’s father, Bill, was elected four times in Illinois’s 5th District, and six more times in Illinois’s 3rd, when the districts merged after the 1990 census.
During much of the 2018 primary Newman and Lipinski ran in a statistical dead heat. Newman accused Lipinski of running a “dishonest machine-style campaign” after her supporters complained of receiving texts claiming that Newman was a “Holocaust denier” from a volunteer with the Washington, D.C.-based No Labels Group. (Newman’s husband is Jewish.) Other texts, which Newman alleged came from the Lipinski camp, claimed that she was running an abortion clinic and was trying to shut down the Little Sisters of the Poor religious order, according to POLITICO.Subscribe
While waiting for returns to come in after the polls closed in the 2018 primary, Newman turned off some older, white ethnic voters in the district by stating she hoped Lipinski was having a “painful evening.” Lipinski ended up winning the primary and went on to beat perennial neo-Nazi GOP candidate Arthur Jones.
Lipniski has held the 3rd District seat in the U.S. House for eight terms, since his father announced his retirement after winning the 2004 Democratic primary. The old man then convinced the state’s Democratic Party to put his son’s name on the ballot the following November. The son won handily.
“Dan Lipinski’s original sin is having his father handing him this congressional seat with its taxpayer funded health care, then voting against Obamacare, making him the only Democrat from Illinois to say no to covering millions more Americans.” Newman’s campaign announcement stated. “He’s just not a real Democrat.”
Like his father, Lipinski is staunchly opposed to abortion also appears to be following in his dad’s footsteps. He belongs the Blue Dog Coalition, a congressional caucus of fiscally conservative democrats. Lipinski defines himself as a proponent of revitalizing American manufacturing and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. He is a senior member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, including the Research and Technology and Energy subcommittees. Lipinski is also assigned to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he serves on the Aviation and Highways and Transit subcommittees, chairing the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, according to the congressman’s bio.
During the 2018 primary, Newman racked up endorsements from top progressive voices across the map, including U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Human Rights Campaign, SEIU, MoveOn.org, EMILY’s List, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Reps Jan Schakowsky and Luis Gutierréz, Gloria Steinem, Hispanic American Labor Council, Reclaim Chicago, National Nurses United, and a slew of other top individuals and organizations.
“I trust women to make decisions about health care, but Dan Lipinski would outlaw abortion and even restrict access to birth control,” Newman said. “I support the Equal Rights Amendment, Dan Lipinski doesn’t. I support equal rights for everyone, no matter who they love, but Dan Lipinski is the only Democrat in the entire U.S. House of Representatives who does not support the Equality Act and protections for LGBTQ Americans.”
Newman’s daughter is a member of the LGBTQ community.
How seriously is Lipinski taking Newman’s run? For the past several weeks, Lipinski has been greasing the wheels of his campaign fundraising wagon, sending frequent “we have a serious challenger” type email pleas for donations, and imploring supporters to not let his “opponent” catch up.
Lipinski has also been positioning himself on social issues, such as preserving the Affordable Care Act, e.g. “Obamacare,” as well as an advocate for women’s rights. In a recent email to supporters from his wife, Judy, she touted her husband’s support of the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act during the government shutdown.
“We know that thousands of you are standing behind Dan and all he is doing to fight for our priorities, which is why we are writing to you now,” Judy Lipinski said.
On the heels of Newman’s announcement, the Lipinski camp sent out another email to supporters asking for donations: “The first 72 hours after this announcement is the MOST important time to show our strength.”
Newman has raised $200,000, with approximately $190,000 cash on hand, she said. As she did two years ago, Newman is casting Lipinski as a “Trump Democrat” whose “ultra conservative views are way out of step with his district.” This time around Newman is counting on the anti-incumbent wave that swept many longtime Chicago aldermen and political bosses out of office in Chicago’s municipal elections, as well as Lori Lightfoot’s landslide mayoral victory. Chicagoans, Newman says, are “hungry for progressive change.”
“This race is a choice between someone who remembers where she came from and someone who sells out Illinois working families in Washington,” Newman said.