A lawyer and political newcomer from Bridgeport announced Monday that he plans to challenge eight-term U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski in the 2020 Democratic primary.
Abe Matthew, 32, made the announcement in a one-minute video posted on Twitter. […]
Matthew said that in the 2018 Democratic primary, he voted for challenger Marie Newman, a La Grange businesswoman who gave Lipinski the toughest challenge of his political career, garnering 49 percent of the vote in a district that stretches from the Southwest Side to the south and southwest suburbs. Lipinski, a conservative Democrat, easily won re-election, defeating Arthur J. Jones of Lyons, a Holocaust denier with neo-Nazi ties.
Newman has said she is exploring another run and has raised nearly $7,000 through political crowdfunding website Crowdpac.
That homemade video is here.
* Early this morning, Newman all of a sudden sent out an e-mail announcing her candidacy. Here’s the Sun-Times coverage..
Democrat Marie Newman, after spending several months exploring a rematch against Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., on Tuesday made it official and said she would run again for the seat, setting up the biggest Chicago-area congressional 2020 primary.
The 3rd Congressional District race comes in what may well be a different political climate, with Newman’s progressive wing of the party gaining strength. At the same time, the House political operation, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, led by Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., is committed to supporting incumbents, a policy some activist freshmen Democrats oppose. […]
In the March 2018 primary, Lipinski defeated Newman by only 2,145 votes, or 51.1 percent to 48.9 percent, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.
The district includes several parts of wards on the Southwest Side and stretches into the western suburbs. A big vote for Lipinski from old Democratic machine city precincts contributed to his victory.