Just five months into his term — and numerous pieces of progressive legislation under his belt — Illinois Gov. J.B. PRITZKER has proven he’s a loyal foot soldier for the Democratic Party. […]
Still, there are some places where his personal philosophy runs headlong into party practicality. Exhibit A: Rep. DAN LIPINSKI
The Illinois congressman’s firm position against abortion rights has already made him something of a pariah within the Democratic party, and turned its liberal wing against Lipinski so hard that Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Cheri Bustos backed out of a fundraiser for him this month. While Lipinski regularly finds critics and primary challengers to his left, his abortion stance hasn’t necessarily hurt him in a seat he’s held onto since 2005.
And that’s where Pritzker believes in the big-tent ethos of the Democratic Party.
“We have to look at the totality of the issues that candidates are running on,” he says. Just consider the Illinois Legislature. “There are a few Democrats who have a different position than I do, for example, on gun safety. But when you look at the totality on all the issues, where they stand on them, they’re Democrats and this is what people in their district believe that’s how they represent them.”
Pritzker says he’s not going to weigh in on Lipinski’s 3rd Congressional District race. “It’s a federal office, and I’m focused on having a state government that’s working.”
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