Liberal group backs challenger to Engel in Democratic primary

The liberal group Democracy for America (DFA) on Wednesday endorsed middle school principal Jamaal Bowman’s primary challenge against Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Bad polling data is piling up for Trump The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests Engel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left MORE (D-N.Y.) in the race to represent New York’s 16th Congressional District.

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Bowman, the founding principal for the public middle school Cornerstone Academy for Social Action, has also been endorsed by Justice Democrats, the progressive group aligned with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.).

Bowman is running on a progressive platform that includes “Medicare for All” and the Green New Deal.

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“For low-income and working-class people in New York and across the country, politics as usual just isn’t working and things won’t change if we keep on electing the same politicians, controlled by the same corporate interests, over and over again,” said Yvette Simpson, the CEO of DFA.

“Jamaal Bowman is right on the issues – he’s ready to fight for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, just immigration reform, and affordable housing. But just as importantly, Bowman is committed to confronting and correcting past wrongs, like the 1994 Crime Bill and the No Child Left Behind Act, that his corporate-funded opponent voted for over his more than 30 years in Congress.”

Engel, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is seeking his 17th term in office.

The New York Democrat warded off three primary challengers in 2018 and ran unopposed in the general election in the solidly blue 16th Congressional District.

Engel has raised $1.6 million this cycle, compared to $540,000 for Bowman.

Andom Ghebreghiorgis, a special education teacher, is also running in the Democratic primary.

In addition to Bowman, DFA has backed three other challengers to sitting lawmakers, including Marie Newman’s successful primary against Rep. Daniel LipinskiDaniel William LipinskiEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left Liberal group backs challenger to Engel in Democratic primary The Hill’s Campaign Report: Campaigns scale back amid coronavirus threat MORE (D-Ill.), Jessica Cisneros, who fell short to Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), and McKayla Wilkes, who is challenging House Majority Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Hoyer: House will vote soon on bill to improve ObamaCare Hoyer: Infrastructure package to hit floor this month MORE (D-Md.).

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