Progressive group endorses three House freshmen

A progressive group threw its support behind three House freshmen who flipped Republican-held seats in last year’s midterms.

Democracy for America (DFA) officially endorsed Reps. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Mike Levin (D-Calif.) and Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodNRCC turns up heat on vulnerable Democrats over Omar’s call to abolish police Julián Castro launches PAC to support progressive candidates Gun control group rolls out House endorsements MORE (D-Ill.) Tuesday. All three unseated Republicans in 2018 and are running for their second term.


DFA cast all three House members as allies of a slate of progressive causes, including expanding health care and combating climate change.

The support comes as progressive groups are intending to flex their muscle in 2020 primaries. DFA has already announced endorsements for progressive stars like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Biden, Democrats seek to shut down calls to defund police McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Over 1,400 pro athletes, coaches call on Congress to back bill ending qualified immunity Biden’s right, we need policing reform now – the House should quickly take up his call to action MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Defunding the police: Put it to a vote McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Mich.). 


“In just a few short months, Mike has established himself as a steadfast champion for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and the battle against income inequality. He’s governing on the values he ran on and the vision for the future of the country … that inspired a historic number of Americans to turn out in the 2018 midterm elections,” DFA CEO Yvette Simpson said in a press release announcing the endorsement for Levin.

DFA noted that Porter supports similar policies and that Underwood is the youngest black woman to ever win a seat in Congress.

Of the three new endorsees, Underwood is likely facing the toughest reelection challenge. Though she has yet to attract a Democratic primary challenger, a number of Republicans are looking to take her on in a district that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE won by nearly 4 points in 2016. Her Illinois district is rated a “toss-up” by Cook Political Report.

Meanwhile, Levin’s race is rated “likely Democratic” while Porter’s district is rated “lean Democratic.”

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