Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Bronx principal Jamaal Bowman running for Congress

Justice Democrats take direct aim at certain Dem incumbents in an attempt to shift the Democratic Party leftward.

Jamaal Bowman was on the front lines of opt-outers here in the city, one of the few principals who had the guts to tell Farina to go stuff it.

He is running for 30 year incumbent Eliot Engel's Bronx congressional seat. He was endorsed by the Justice Democrats who backed AOC and have had their eye on Engel, who chairs the foreign relations committee. There is another challenger, a teacher. Engel is a hawk - what does that mean? He would spend trillions on war shit which explains why education is short changed.

NEW YORK REP. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is facing two primary challengers whose newly launched campaigns feature a number of progressive policy priorities. Jamaal Bowman, a middle school principal and educator, and Andom Ghebreghiorgis, a special education teacher, have both narrowed in on Engel’s foreign policy, which is to the right of most Democrats, in their challenges to the 16-term representative.
The race in New York’s 16th District is a top priority for Justice Democrats, the grassroots group that helped bring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress; it is the second 2020 primary challenge the group has waded into so far. The group had several conversations with Ghebreghiorgis, a 33-year-old educator from Mount Vernon, New York, before deciding to endorse Bowman, who announced his campaign on Tuesday. Engel, who was first elected to represent New York’s 19th District in 1988, is out of touch with an increasingly diverse electorate, his critics say, pointing to the fact that the 16th District has a majority nonwhite, working-class population.
Two challengers is a serious problem and makes defeating Engel almost impossible. If the Democratic Socialists support Jamaal, he will have a serious number of troops at his disposal to counter the regular Bronx Democratic machine that will support Engel.

I also bet that the Democratic National Committee is real pissed off  - oh, and the sure bet is the UFT will endorse Engel no matter how much money he takes from education for defense.
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