Democrat Marie Newman will challenge U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski in a rematch of their bitter 2018 primary in the 3rd Congressional District.
Newman came out swinging in her announcement. She described the eight-term congressman as “a son of a ward boss” whose father “handed him this congressional seat with its taxpayer funded health care,” then voted against Obamacare. “He’s just not a real Democrat.” Newman said Lipinski is “way out of step with his district” on issues such as birth control, the Equal Rights Amendment and LGBTQ protections.
Lipinski, an anti-abortion Democrat, is considered one of the most conservative members of the caucus. He edged out the progressive Newman 51.1% to 48.9%—or 2,145 votes.
A lawyer and political newcomer also threw his hat in the ring on Monday: 32-year-old Abe Matthew announced on Twitter he plans to challenge Lipinski. “I’m running to be an advocate for working families,” Matthew says in a one-minute video (he voted for Newman in the 2018 primary, according to the Tribune).