Daily Caller: Justice Democrats is backing a progressive political rookie who launched his campaign to unseat a 30-year Democratic New York congressman this week.
Democratic New York Rep. Eliot Engel, 72, has multiple challengers including Jamaal Bowman, a 43-year-old public middle school founder and principal, reported The Huffington Post Tuesday. Justice Democrats, the group that propelled Ocasio-Cortez to victory in 2018, recruited Bowman.
Bowman’s announcement comes less than a week after Justice Democrats’ first candidate of the 2020 cycle, Jessica Cisneros, announced she is challenging Democratic Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar from the left.
But Engel is much closer to the progressive mold than Cuellar. He is a cosponsor of Medicare-for-all and spoke out against the Iraq War in 2007, although he did vote for it in 2002.
The congressman, who is Jewish, also criticized Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar after she slammed “the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” referring to Israel, in March. However, Engel did not support removing Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which he chairs. more here