Booker endorses Lipinski challenger

Democratic presidential contender Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) endorsed 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’s (D-Ill.) primary challenger, Marie Newman, on Thursday, saying it was time for “new leadership” in the Illinois district.

Booker cited Newman’s stances on health care, women’s reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights as his reasons for throwing his support behind Newman. 


“That is why I believe it is time for new leadership in Illinois’ Third District from a candidate who shares our party’s values,” Booker said in a statement. “I am proud to support Marie, who will be a champion for equality and justice for the families of her district. I look forward to campaigning with and for her tomorrow and in the coming months.”

The senator’s campaign announced that Booker will join Newman at a campaign event in Chicago on Friday. 

Lipinski is seen as a Blue Dog Democrat who liberals say is too conservative for the party. The congressman voted against the Affordable Care Act and has voiced opposition to abortion. 

Liberals have, in turn, flocked to Newman as their preferred choice to represent Illinois’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes parts of Cook County. The district was previously represented by his father, former Rep. Bill Lipinski (D-Ill.). 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), who is also running for president, and 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.) endorsed Newman last month.

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