IL-03: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “will announce today that he’s backing” marketing consultant Marie Newman (D) over Rep. Dan Lipinski (D). “The Sanders snub is a major blow to Lipinski, a conservative Democrat, who is struggling to hang on to his family’s legacy in a district that’s moved farther to the left. Newman’s campaign described the endorsement as ‘game changing’ in a district where Sanders, as a presidential contender in 2016, beat Hillary Clinton by eight points.”
Sanders, on Newman: “Marie Newman has made it clear that she will be a champion for working families in Illinois, which is why I am proud to support her campaign. In Congress, Marie will fight for Medicare for All, a $15 an hour minimum wage, and providing workers with benefits such as paid sick leave, while protecting Medicare and Social Security. She will defend women’s rights, LGBT rights and ensure immigrants have a safe path to citizenship. I am proud to stand with Marie and look forward to continuing to fight alongside her on these and other critical issues once she’s elected to Congress.” (Politico)
MA-07: Civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis (D-GA 05) is endorsing Rep. Michael Capuano (D) in his primary against Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley (D). “The endorsement is significant because of Lewis’ role in US history, but also because Capuano, who is white, faces Pressley, who is black, in a Boston-area district where the majority of residents are minorities.”
Lewis: “I know Mike Capuano as a champion and fierce advocate for those who have often been forgotten or left behind. Whether it’s income inequality, civil rights, gun control, health care, affordable housing, gender pay inequity, immigration or transportation, Mike has been a leader alongside those of us opposing the unfair and immoral polices of the Trump Administration.” (Boston Globe)
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