AOC is looking to test her appeal in the 312 area code.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens) has endorsed liberal insurgent Marie Newman in her primary fight against moderate Chicago Democratic Rep. Daniel Lipinski.
The firebrand lefty hopes her imprimatur can help topple Lipinski, an eight-term incumbent who barely beat back Newman’s challenge in 2018.
Lipinski’s district is strongly Democratic and spans working-class neighborhoods in southwest Chicago and nearby suburbs.
Ocasio-Cortez upended Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens) last year in the biggest shocker of the primary season.
A Democratic socialist, she hopes to use her proven appeal with the progressive wing of the Democratic party and with small donors to make an impact nationwide.
Last week Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, who faces a potential primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Markey is a co-sponsor of Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” proposal.
Justice Democrats, a group aligned with Ocasio-Cortez, has backed Newman and several other challengers to incumbent lawmakers in the House.
With News Wire Services