Last week, Marie Newman, who is challenging long-time incumbent Dan Lipinski in the 2018 Democratic Primary for Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District, announced her public debate challenge to Lipinski, sending a formal request to his campaign for five public debates starting in January 2018.
“Our community is at a crossroads. Our country is at a crossroads. The voters and families of this district deserve to hear where both Congressman Lipinski and I stand on issues that impact their lives in open and neutral forums,” said Newman. “That’s why I’m proposing a series of “The People’s Public Debates” and will commit to meeting him anytime, anywhere, in a public forum – whether it be a town hall setting, traditional debate, or a media-sponsored debate – that allows both of us to clearly communicate our positions with residents.”
Newman outlined a series of issues she would like to address in these debates so that 3rd District families can make informed decisions based on where she and Lipinski stand ahead of the March 20th primary, including: working families; healthcare; women’s rights; immigration; and LGBTQ rights, among others.
Marie Newman is an entrepreneur running as a Democrat for Congress in Illinois’ 3rd District. With a background in nonprofit leadership, advocacy and small business, Newman is running to bring true Democratic values back to the 3rd District. She has recently been endorsed by Daily Kos, Blue America, the Hispanic American Labor Council, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Off The Sidelines, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Human Rights Campaign, Democracy For America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, MoveOn, Gloria Steinem, the Feminist Majority, and the American Women’s Party.
Lipinski is receiving unprecedented attention after being installed as the Congressman when his father, Congressman William Lipinski retired after winning a primary and then appointed his son to take his place. The appointment rankled some longtime politicians because Dan Lipinski was not involved in government or politics and was employed in Tennessee as a College professor. The appointment avoided a primary race with more well known government officials.
The National Journal recently published a story, entitled “Can this blue-city blue dog survive?” The story pointed out that it is the first credible challenge Lipinski has had in ten years despite the fact that he voted against the Affordable Care Act and opposes abortion rights, which are unusual positions for a Democrat.
This week, Lipinski joined fellow Democrats to unsuccessfully attempt to stop historic tax cuts. Thus far, there has been no public announcement of any response to Newman’s challenge that the two candidates have several debates.