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Democrats trying to unseat each other II

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Brand New Congress on Twitter: "💜 @JCisnerosTX and her team ..." / Twitter
💜 @JCisnerosTX and her team ran one of the most organized, dynamic, and engaged campaigns we have seen in the 2022 election cycle. They mobilized and inspired new voters by daring all of us to dream bigger and fight for the future we deserve.

The power of Jessica’s vision was so compelling that every faction of power in the Democratic establishment was forced to mobilize to stop her, and they only barely succeeded. From the vicious smears and lies, deceptive and dirty campaign tactics, to the onslaught of dark money spent in support of the incumbent, Jessica faced it all with courage, conviction, and grace.

Jessica Cisneros embodies the future of this movement, and the future of our country. We know her work is just beginning, and BNC is proud to stand by her side.

The score so far:

Justice Democrats newcomers: (won/advanced) Summer Lee PA-12, Greg Casar TX-35 (lost) Jessica Cisneros * TX-28 (withdrew) Rana Abdelhamid * (redistricted) (not yet) Kina Collins IL-07, Odessa Kelly * TN-05

* is also endorsed by BNC

Brand New Congress newcomers: won/advanced: 2, lost: 13, withdrew: 2, not yet: 7
 

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Sad to say, Marie Newman lost :(

But she was a good sport about it: Marie Newman on Twitter: "(pic link)" / Twitter

She lost to fellow incumbent Sean Casten, who ran in the same district, the new IL-06. According to govtrack.us his 2020 ideology score was 0.26 - about average for Democrats. MN is relatively progressive.

Casten beats Newman in matchup of Dem incumbents in Illinois - POLITICO - "Redistricting forced the incumbents to fight it out for the same seat in an intense, sometimes awkward, race for a Chicago-area seat."

While the new boundaries favored Newman, Casten benefited from the profile — and campaign fundraising prowess — he built while flipping a battleground seat in the 2018 election.

Casten’s victory came after a quiet conclusion to the campaign, following the recent death of his 17-year-old daughter. Before the tragedy, both Democrats were in an ethics battle: Newman is facing a House ethics probe looking into whether she promised to hire a political rival in exchange for his support. Casten has faced scrutiny for his 2018 campaign’s dealings with a super PAC funded by his father.
Plenty of scandals to go around, it seems.

SC defeated Republican Peter Roskam in 2018, and MN defeated longtime Democratic incumbent Dan Lipinski in 2020. DL had served 8 terms before being primaried by MN, and he was one of the last anti-abortion Democrats in the House. The remaining one is Henry Cuellar, who twice survived primary challenges by Jessica Cisneros.
Castin significantly outraised Newman and poured more money into TV ads, including one last week where he declared that he is “100 percent pro-choice and always will be,” which started airing just days before Roe v. Wade was overturned. He was also backed by 16 House Democrats.

Tuesday’s primary doesn’t fully answer questions about how much the end of Roe matters to voters in 2022, but the Newman-Casten faceoff may have provided some hints, given Newman’s track record on abortion rights. Newman ousted Lipinski in the last cycle largely because of his anti-abortion stance, she openly talks about her own abortion and had support from abortion rights groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America. She was also backed by EMILY’s List, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and eight House Democrats.
Endorsing MN: Reps. Peter DeFazio OR-04 0.27, Nydia Velázquez NY-07 0.15, Pramila Jayapal WA-07 0.07, André Carson IN-07 0.12, Ro Khanna CA-17 0.14, Kai Kahele HI-02 --, Jackie Speier CA-14 0.21, Rashida Tlaib MI-13 0.08

Endorsing SC: Reps. Brad Schneider IL-10 0.35, Bill Foster IL-11 0.31, Maxine Waters CA-43 0.20, Kathy Castor FL-14 0.21, Suzan DelBene WA-01 0.29, Don McEachin VA-04 0.24, Katie Porter CA-45 0.24, Mike Levin CA-49 0.28, Abigail Spanberger VA-07 0.50, Jared Huffman CA-02 0.21, Ed Perlmutter CO-07 0.34, Jahana Hayes CT-05 0.10, Tom Malinowski NJ-07 0.35, Sylvia Garcia TX-29 0.20, Ann Kuster NH-02 0.39, Derek Kilmer WA-06 0.38

The number after the district ID is the govtrack.us ideology score for 2020. The median score for MN's endorsers is 0.14 and for SC's endorsers 0.285. MN's endorsers range from Pramila Jayapal 0.07 to Peter DeFazio 0.27, and SC's endorsers from Jahana Hayes 0.10 to Abigail Spanberger 0.50.
 

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How did Sean Casten beat Marie Newman?

With New Ad Buy, DMFI Turns Its Sights on Marie Newman - 'The ad points to a congressional ethics investigation into Newman’s campaign. “This is just an ongoing march against progressive women,” Newman told The Intercept.'

DMFI = Democratic Majority for Israel
Newman’s race is one of several in which the PACs for DMFI and its offshoot, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, have spent at least $5.8 million so far attacking progressives in states from Pennsylvania to Texas. “This is just an ongoing march against progressive women,” Newman told The Intercept, noting races in Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas in which “these very centrist and conservative Democrats, funded by Republicans, oftentimes with these super PACS, are working against progressive women. … So we’re just identifying that this is more of the same, this is their formula.”
Seems like the article mixed up which one is an offshoot of which one. It's DMFI that's an offshoot of AIPAC.
Progressives have been able to fight attacks from pro-Israel groups in several races, selecting Summer Lee in Pennsylvania and Jamie McLeod-Skinner in Oregon to run in the general election for House seats, “but we can also see that they lose,” Newman said. Nina Turner, for instance, lost in Ohio after a barrage of spending against her.

“I’m just not having it,” Newman added. And while DMFI states that it is “pro-Israel,” its ads “talk about everything but Israel. So what is their real purpose? They’re not following their mission, for sure,” Newman said. She noted that her husband is Jewish and that groups like DMFI are “busy calling everyone an anti-Semite all the time, and yet they never talk about their mission in these super PAC ads that they execute. So what is your real mission? It feels like your mission is to tear down progressives, or someone that wants peace in the region.”
Like claiming that Nina Turner and Summer Lee aren't Real Democrats without saying much about Israel.
Newman notes that Casten voted for “anti-choice Republicans” like former President George H.W. Bush and has taken at least $1 million from corporate PACs. Her campaign has raised $1.3 million so far and is endorsed by a range of progressive groups including Justice Democrats, Emily’s List, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC, as well as several local unions.
George Bush I? That was long ago.
 

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Progressives See Bittersweet Night in Illinois With Ouster of Marie Newman - "Elsewhere in Illinois, Working Families Party-backed candidate Delia Ramirez won an open primary."

DR is in IL-03.

About MN,
Hers is the first loss of an incumbent backed by Justice Democrats.

“Unfortunately, we did not get the result we were looking for this evening,” Newman said in a statement conceding the race. “Win or lose, we have achieved something truly historic, and done so much good for this community.”

Elsewhere in Illinois, an anti-abortion Democrat backed by Lipinski came in fifth in the 1st Congressional District’s crowded field of 17 candidates. Progressives other than Newman saw mixed results in the state Tuesday night, offering some hope for the left while a Republican takeover of Congress looms.

In an open primary in Illinois’s newly drawn 3rd District, Working Families Party-backed state Rep. Delia Ramirez overcame a flood of outside spending to defeat Chicago Alderman Gil Villegas, who had the support of conservative Democrats in the local machine and in Congress. In November, Ramirez will face Republican candidate Justin Burau, who ran in an uncontested primary on Tuesday.
Working Families Party 🐺 on Twitter: "BREAKING: Working Families champion @Delia4Congress has won the fiercely contested Democratic primary in the Illinois 3rd congressional district.
She is the 6th Working Families Party congressional candidate to win their primary in the 2022 election cycle. (pic link)" / Twitter


DR has a good record as a progressive.
Working Families Party 🐺 on Twitter: "The daughter of immigrants, @Delia4Congress is the first Guatemalan-American to serve in the Illinois General Assembly.

As a state legislator, she led successful efforts to codify abortion rights, pass expanded Medicaid coverage, and secure rental and mortgage relief." / Twitter


In IL-01, Jonathan Jackson, son of Rev. Jesse Jackson, leads a crowded field, while Dan Lipinski's pick for that race, an abortion opponent, Chris Butler, was far behind.

In IL-07, however, Kina Collins seems to be losing to long-time incumbent Danny Davis.
Outside groups that have spent millions targeting progressives in competitive primaries this cycle poured money into Tuesday’s races to back Villegas, Casten, and Davis. VoteVets Action Fund, a committee linked to political action committees for Senate and House Democrats, and Mainstream Democrats PAC, a new committee backing conservative Democrats founded by tech billionaire Reid Hoffman, spent more than $1 million on the race to fight Ramirez and support Villegas. Democratic Majority for Israel spent just under $160,000 since late May on ads attacking Ramirez or backing Villegas, and bought ads attacking Newman earlier this month. Opportunity for All Action Fund, a dark-money group aligned with powerful Democrats, poured another $300,000 into the 7th District race on Thursday to back Davis.

Ramirez’s campaign was boosted by more than $1 million in outside spending from progressive groups including the Working Families Party and the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC; WOMEN VOTE!, a project of EMILY’s List; and J Street Action Fund, along with several local unions. Ramirez was also endorsed by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Reps. Jesús “Chuy” García, D-Ill., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and CPC Chair Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.

Earlier this month, Sanders held a joint rally in Chicago to support Ramirez and Jackson. Villegas, who was previously the City Council floor leader for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, was backed by the Chicago Tribune, conservative members of the Chicago City Council, the clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and unions including the Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association. Capitalizing on salient tough-on-crime narratives, Villegas had claimed that Ramirez would “defund the police.”
So while DMFI won against Marie Newman, it lost against Delia Ramirez.
 
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