Sep 17, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backs 2020 challenger to sitting Illinois Democrat

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) offered her endorsement Tuesday to Marie Newman, who is challenging conservative-leaning Illinois Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski.

Why it matters: This is the lawmaker's first endorsement of the 2020 cycle. Ocasio-Cortez was elected in 2018 after successfully challenging incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), who was the fourth-highest Democrat in Congress. Her backing "could turn out progressives and turn off centrists in the suburban Chicago district," writes the Chicago Sun Times.

The big picture: Newman has also received support from progressive lawmakers including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.). Lipinski is a Democrat, who has, at times, acted separately from the more progressive wing of his party.

  • While the congressional seat is in a safely blue district, the Democratic battle exemplifies an ongoing ideological rift between progressives and moderates, and "a reflection of the zeal of the party's progressive left to leverage its nascent power to continue targeting sitting Democrats," per the New York Times.

Go deeper: What they're saying: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the 2020 candidates

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Rep. Nita Lowey will not seek re-election in 2020

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Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said in a statement Thursday that she will not seek re-election in 2020.

Why it matters: The 82-year-old Lowey, who has served in Congress for 31 years, is responsible for all spending negotiations as chair of the House Appropriations Committee. The 17th district of New York that she represents is a Democratic stronghold that Hillary Clinton won by 20 points in 2016, according to Roll Call.

Go deeperArrowOct 10, 2019

Rep. Joe Kennedy to announce primary challenge against Sen. Ed Markey

Sen. Ed Markey (left) and Rep. Joe Kennedy. Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) will announce on Saturday his intention to run for Senate in 2020 against sitting Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the Boston Globe reports.

The big picture: Kennedy, the 38-year-old grandson of former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, wrote in a Facebook post last month that he is considering a Senate run out of a desire to shape "what kind of party Democrats need to be building for the future." The 73-year-old Markey was co-author of the Green New Deal resolution along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and he has already received a re-election endorsement from AOC and presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warrren (D-Mass.)

Go deeper: Highlights from Kennedy's response to the 2018 State of the Union address

Keep ReadingArrowSep 18, 2019

Rep. Mac Thornberry is the 6th Texas Republican to announce retirement

Rep. Mac Thornberry. Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2020, becoming the 6th Texas Republican — and 19th Republican overall — to retire from the House this term.

Why it matters: Republicans hope to reclaim the House in 2020, but early retirements could complicate that task. Thornberry's retirement means that more than a quarter of Texas' 23 House Republicans will leave at the end of this term, further complicating the party's status in a state that is becoming increasingly competitive for Democrats.

Go deeperArrowSep 30, 2019