Ocasio-Cortez endorses Engel primary challenger
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday endorsed the Democrat mounting a primary challenge to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Bad polling data is piling up for Trump The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests Engel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left MORE (D-N.Y.).
Ocasio-Cortez announced her endorsement of progressive Jamaal Bowman in the primary race for New York’s 16th District, adding that she will roll out a slate of New York endorsements on Thursday.
“This moment requires renewed and revitalized leadership across the country AND at the ballot box,” she tweeted.
“Tonight, I am endorsing @JamaalBowmanNY for Congress,” she added.
This moment requires renewed and revitalized leadership across the country AND at the ballot box.
On June 23rd, New York will be holding primary elections.
Tomorrow I will be rolling out a slate of New York endorsements.
Tonight, I am endorsing @JamaalBowmanNY for Congress. pic.twitter.com/vsCAeIi2kk
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 4, 2020
New York is holding a primary on June 23.
Engel is running for reelection for a 17th term in Congress. Fellow progressive candidate Andom Ghebreghiorgis dropped out Monday and endorsed Bowman in the race against Engel.
In 2018, Ocasio-Cortez defeated another longtime New York incumbent, Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyLobbying firm cuts ties to Trent Lott amid national anti-racism protests Engel says he refuses to seek NYT endorsement over Cotton op-ed Ocasio-Cortez endorses Engel primary challenger MORE, in a primary race.
Ocasio-Cortez’s high-profile endorsement comes one day after Engel was heard saying, “If I didn’t have a primary, I wouldn’t care” after he was told not all elected officials gathered at an event to address Monday night protests would get a chance to speak.
Engel told The Hill in a statement that he asked to speak because he wanted to let his constituents know where he stood on the issues being discussed.
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“In the context of running for re-election, I thought it was important for people to know where I stand, that’s why I asked to speak,” Engel said. “Of course I care deeply about what’s happening in this country, that’s what I wanted to convey. I love the Bronx, grew up in the Bronx and lived here all my life. I would not have tried to impose on the Borough President if I didn’t think it was important.”
Bowman, however, said the exchange was “painful to watch.”
“We need to be taking care of our communities right now — whether it’s election season or not,” Bowman said in a tweet.