After coming within 2,145 votes of toppling one of the last remaining Chicago political dynasties in 2018, Democrat Marie Newman today formally announced her campaign to again challenge conservative Dan Lipinski in the 2020 Democratic Primary.
“I’m running for everyone’s every day issues – for everyone who struggles to pay for health care and pay their bills, for everyone who believes we’re made stronger by welcoming immigrants and for everyone who has seen their rights under assault by conservatives like Dan Lipinski and his Republican allies,” said Newman.
Newman noted that 80% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and her background of having worked her way through college and starting her own small business puts her more in touch with people than Lipinski, who has failed to support efforts to expand healthcare to working families, including the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.
“Dan Lipinski’s original sin is having his father hand him this congressional seat with its taxpayer funded health care, then voting against Obamacare, making him the only Democrat from Illinois to say no to covering millions more Americans. He’s just not a real Democrat,” said Newman.
Newman also argued that Lipinski has sold out working families in Chicago and the suburbs and sided with Washington corporate PACs, not just with his vote against Obamacare but also with his refusal to support Paid Sick Leave and strengthening Social Security.
“My grandfathers were both proud union members – one worked as a machinist at Midway Airport and the other was a carpenter. I worked my way through college scrubbing floors, worked at the Orland Square mall, and started my own successful small business. Like most people in this district, nothing was handed to me. Lipinski’s father handed Dan this seat and corporate PACs in Washington have spent millions to keep him there,” said Newman.
“This race is a choice between someone who remembers where she came from and someone who sells out Illinois working families in Washington,” added Newman.
As she did two years ago, Newman pointed out that Lipinski’s ultra conservative views are way out of step with his district.
“I trust women to make decisions about health care, but Dan Lipinski would outlaw abortion and even restrict access to birth control. I support the Equal Rights Amendment, Dan Lipinski doesn’t. I support equal rights for everyone, no matter who they love, but Dan Lipinski is the only Democrat in the entire U.S. House of Representatives who does not support the Equality Act and protections for LGBTQ Americans,” said Newman, whose daughter is a member of the LGBTQ community.
“It’s time for a real Democrat to represent us in Washington, not the conservative son of a ward boss. Those days are over,” concluded Newman, who noted that the landslide election of Lori Lightfoot as Chicago mayor and the recent losses of longtime aldermen and political bosses show Chicagoans are hungry for progressive change.