Ethics Issues Doom Progressive In Illinois House Primary

Democratic Representative Sean Casten won a member-for-member Democratic primary in Illinois against more progressive Representative Marie Newman on Tuesday night, thanks in part to an ongoing ethics investigation into Newman.

Newman had become one of the most outspoken progressives in Congress, distinguished by her liberal stances on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and her frequent voting with the progressive “Squad.” She won her seat in 2020, ousting moderate Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski in what was seen as a major victory for the progressive movement.

Illinois lost a congressional seat after the 2020 census, and new lines forced Newman into the same district as Casten, who was first elected in 2020. But compared to Lipinski’s frequent breaks with the line of the Democratic Party, Casten is a traditional liberal.

Newman had a theoretical advantage in the race, since more of his old district than Casten’s was included in the new one. But her ethical issues dogged her: The Congressional Ethics Office began investigating her after she admitted promising a job to a potential chief opponent in 2020 and agreeing to take some positions on issues. Israeli-Palestinian.

The Democratic Majority for Israel, which campaigned against several progressive House candidates this midterm election cycle, ran ads attacking Newman.

“The Congressional Ethics Office was unanimous: there is good reason to believe that Marie Newman may have violated federal law by promising a taxpayer-funded job to an adversary if he agreed not to stand. stand against her,” a narrator said in the ad.

The seat, which includes significant chunks of suburban Chicago, leans toward the Democrats.


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