By Bob Bong
A rematch is set for the 3rd Congressional District now that Marie Newman has announced she will try again to unseat longtime Cong. Dan Lipinski.
Newman, who barely lost to Lipinski in the March 2018 Democratic primary, officially announced Tuesday she would again challenge him in the March 2020 primary.
“I’m running for everyone’s every day issues – for everyone who struggles to pay for health care and pay their bills, for everyone who believes we’re made stronger by welcoming immigrants and for everyone who has seen their rights under assault by conservatives like Dan Lipinski and his Republican allies,” said Newman, who came within 2,145 votes of beating Lipinski.
In March 2018, Newman outpolled Lipinski in the suburban portion of the district, but Lipinski won with heavy support from voters in the Clearing and Garfield Ridge neighborhoods in Chicago.
In her announcement, Newman noted that 80 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and her background of having worked her way through college and starting her own small business puts her more in touch with people than Lipinski, who has failed to support efforts to expand healthcare to working families, including the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.
“Dan Lipinski’s original sin is having his father hand him this congressional seat with its taxpayer funded health care, then voting against Obamacare, making him the only Democrat from Illinois to say no to covering millions more Americans. He’s just not a real Democrat,” said Newman.
Newman also argued that Lipinski has sold out working families in Chicago and the suburbs and sided with Washington corporate PACs, not just with his vote against Obamacare but also with his refusal to support Paid Sick Leave and strengthening Social Security.
“My grandfathers were both proud union members – one worked as a machinist at Midway Airport and the other was a carpenter. I worked my way through college scrubbing floors, worked at the Orland Square mall, and started my own successful small business. Like most people in this district, nothing was handed to me. Lipinski’s father handed Dan this seat and corporate PACs in Washington have spent millions to keep him there,” said Newman.
“This race is a choice between someone who remembers where she came from and someone who sells out Illinois working families in Washington,” added Newman.
As she did two years ago, Newman pointed out that Lipinski’s ultra conservative views are way out of step with his district.
“I trust women to make decisions about health care, but Dan Lipinski would outlaw abortion and even restrict access to birth control. I support the Equal Rights Amendment, Dan Lipinski doesn’t. I support equal rights for everyone, no matter who they love, but Dan Lipinski is the only Democrat in the entire U.S. House of Representatives who does not support the Equality Act and protections for LGBTQ Americans,” said Newman, whose daughter is a member of the LGBTQ community.
“It’s time for a real Democrat to represent us in Washington, not the conservative son of a ward boss. Those days are over,” said Newman, who noted that the landslide election of Lori Lightfoot as Chicago mayor and the recent losses of longtime aldermen and political bosses show Chicagoans are hungry for progressive change.
“I am running for re-election to build on what I have accomplished to improve the lives of middle-class families in the Third District and our nation,” Lipinski said. “I have been a commonsense Democratic leader who has brought people together to solve problems. Whether it has been helping grow good jobs, improving local transportation, protecting our health by protecting our environment, making health care and education more affordable, or making our communities safer, I have been a workhorse who has gotten the job done. Voters in the 3rd District have continued to send me to Washington to be an effective legislator, not to be an ineffective show horse. I’m grateful for their support and will continue to be their tireless advocate.
“Two people besides me have announced their intention to run for Congress in the 3rd District. It’s still early in the process. Right now, I remain focused on providing the best possible representation for all my constituents.”