She’s burning bridges all around her…
Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) fired back on Tuesday following the endorsement by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) of his gradual challenger’s bid to unseat the long-time leader.
“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement of Marie Newman makes crystal clear that Ms. Newman is an extreme candidate who is completely out of step with the voters of Illinois’ Third District, who do not want to be represented by a fifth member of the ‘Squad,'” Lipinski wrote in a statement. “The Democratic Party — and our country — cannot afford an obstructionist ‘Tea Party of the Left’ when we need to focus on winning this next election and passing policies that will truly help working families and all who are struggling in America today.”
Dan Lipinski responds to @AOC endorsing his primary opponent and it’s a doozy.
“Ms. Newman is an extreme candidate who is completely out of step with the voters of Illinois’ Third District who do not want to be represented by a fifth member of the ‘Squad.'” pic.twitter.com/zewNDe6CfP
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) September 17, 2019
The remarks of Lipinski come only hours after Ocasio-Cortez, the self-proclaimed “radical” congresswoman, announced her support for Newman.
Newman’s candidacy was called by the freshman New Yorker “a textbook example of one of the ways that we could be better as a party.” Ocasio-Cortez apparently challenged the more moderate voting record of Lipinski.
Lipinski is a centrist Blue Dog Coalition member and has one of any Congressional Democrat’s most conservative voting records. He has often been a target of the progressive wing of the Party as one of the last remaining pro-life Democrats in Congress.
Having received 73 percent of the vote, the eight-term Congressman handily won reelection in 2018. Democrats also won the district during the presidential election in 2016, when the former United States took office. State Secretary Hillary Clinton outperformed nearly 20 points now-President Donald Trump.
“I have been a leader in Congress in working to lower sky-rocketing health care prices, especially for prescription drugs, and in fighting to make the [Affordable Care Act] truly affordable to those without insurance,” Lipinski stated. “I have also been a leader in fighting climate change since I was first elected to Congress, having authored two laws to cut greenhouse gas emissions and having helped introduce the first bipartisan carbon fee bill in Congress more than a decade ago.”
“Third District residents want commonsense leadership and someone who fights for workable policies that help create jobs, improve access to affordable healthcare, address climate change, keep communities safe, and improve infrastructure and education,” he added. “I have a long record of standing with working families on these issues and look forward to continuing to serve as their representative in the years to come.”
Newman was also earlier supported by Justice Democrats, the progressive PAC credited with the increase of Ocasio-Cortez. Alexandra Rojas, the executive director of the organization, said Newman is the first Democratic Justice applicant to receive public assistance from Ocasio-Cortez.
Justice Democrats revealed in April that the group would be creating its own infrastructure to fundraise for progressive primary challengers after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced it would not support challengers to Democratic incumbents.
However, Ocasio-Cortez belittled the declaration made by Lipinski, describing it as “aggressive.”
“This is a real quote from a Democrat representing a safe blue seat,” Ocasio-Cortez responded. “Aggressive statements like these are so casually thrown from corporate candidates towards grassroots ones, yet they never get branded as ‘divisive,’ despite their rhetoric. We should ask ourselves why that is.”