CHICAGO — Former President Barack Obama made his first round of endorsements in the upcoming congressional races. Obama gave the nod to Marie Newman and 16 other Democratic candidates across the country who are running for the U.S. House of Representatives.
"I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic, and highly qualified Democrats. Together, these candidates will help us redeem our country’s promise by sticking up for working class people, restoring fairness and opportunity to our system, and fighting for the good of all Americans — not just those at the top," Obama said in a written statement. "They make me optimistic not just about our party’s chances in November, but about our country’s future long after that. So if you’re in one of their districts or states, make sure you vote for them this fall. And if you can, vote early — by mail or in person."
Newman beat eight-term incumbent Dan Lipinski on her second try in the March Democratic primary. The LaGrange progressive Democrat will face off against GOP candidate, Will County Commissioner Mike Fricilone in the IL-03 Congressional race.
"There is no greater honor, I am truly humbled to receive an endorsement from President Barack Obama," Marie Newman said in a written statement. "All of us could use some hope right now, and that’s what this upcoming election is all about. Hope that we can come together across this country to rebuild, to heal, and to emerge from this crisis a better country. President Obama showed us that the steadfast pursuit of bold and necessary change could overcome the status quo and do some good for people. I am committed to that same mission, and will do everything in my power to advocate and fight for justice, equity, and an economy that works for all of us."
Obama endorsed a slate of candidates across 17 states in his first round of endorsements of the 2020 general cycle. This announcement marks the first time that Obama has endorsed a candidate for Congress in Illinois’ Third District, Newman’s campaign office said.
Lipinski voted against the Affordable Health Care Act and failed to endorse Obama in his 2012 reelection bid.
In March, Newman defeated Lipinski on her second try by a 2.5% margin in a crowded Democratic primary field, giving her an opportunity to run in the November general election. Newman is running for Congress on a platform of to rebuild an economy that works for everyone, and for practical solutions to fix our broken healthcare system and to build an equitable path forward for workers and working families as the country emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, according to her campaign website.
Other Illinois congressional candidates who got the former president’s nod are:
See the complete list of Obama’s first round of endorsements.
via Oak Lawn, IL Patch
August 5, 2020 at 09:47PM