Friday the powerful SEIU Illinois State Council, which boasts of 10,000 members in the district, announced its endorsement of Marie Newman in the March 20th Democratic primary. Newman is running to unseat longtime incumbent Congressman Dan Lipinski in the 3rd Congressional District, which includes Oak Lawn. Emily’s List, a group dedicated to electing pro-choice women also announced that the organization is supporting Newman.
While the Emily’s List endorsement was expected, the endorsement by SEIU surprised some observers. SEIU in press release touted its own reach noting that it represents more than 150,000 working people, including home care and child care providers, security officers, janitors, as well as public employees, medical professionals, first responders and social service workers. SEIU wrote that its members are winning better wages, health care, and more secure jobs, while ensuring that working people, not just the wealthy and well-connected, benefit from today’s economy.
“Congressman Lipinski’s refusal to support a $15 minimum wage for working people shows how deeply out of touch he is with the working families of his district,” said SEIU Illinois State Council President Tom Balanoff. “Whether it’s voting against Obamacare or voting for restrictions on a woman’s right to choose, it is clear Congressman Lipinski does not share the progressive values of his constituents. SEIU is proud to join a long list of progressive leaders and organizations in endorsing Marie Newman for Congress.”
“Every day, our members get up to do very hard work to deliver quality health care and child care services to those who depend on us. Unfortunately, not enough of our elected officials in Washington are doing what’s necessary to help these workers improve their lives,” said SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana President Greg Kelley. “I’m standing here today to support Marie Newman for the 3rd District Congressional seat for the state of Illinois precisely because we need someone to represent us in Washington who will not quiver or equivocate on the issues that are so important to working families.”
“When you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve a shot at the American Dream. That is a value I share with the 10,000 SEIU members who are the very backbone of our community here in the Third district. For far too long, Dan Lipinski has turned a blind eye to hardworking Illinois families ignoring his responsibility to fight to give them a chance,” said Marie Newman. “I will never turn my back on our working families, rather, I will fight tirelessly to make sure workers can survive on a livable wage, starting at $15 an hour, have access to affordable and quality healthcare and Medicare for all, and can access their earned benefits like Social Security and have respect and dignity in the workplace. I could not be more honored to have the support of SEIU and I look forward to working alongside them as a partner to make sure no matter who you are or where you come from if you work hard you will have a fighting chance at success.”
Emily’s List has called Newman “A champion for Illinois working families” who is running to expand economic opportunity and to fiercely defend our rights at a time when they are under attack like never before. An experienced leader, she is fighting to ensure that women’s and families’ voices are heard in the halls of power.
Emily’s List, which supports Pro-Choice candidates said that Newman is a pro-choice champion who is a fierce advocate for expanding all Americans’ access to quality, affordable health care.
Emily’s List praised Neman for running a strong grassroots campaign focused on the needs of the community where she has lived all her life and called Lipinski a “conservative” who does not share the values of the community he was elected to represent.
According to Emily’s List, Lipinski is a longtime opponent of reproductive rights, voted against the Affordable Care Act, and supports a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
According to published reports, Lipinski has stated that Newman is misjudging the district.