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Ethics Problems Doom Progressive In Illinois House Primary

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Democratic Rep. Sean Casten won a member-vs.-member Democratic primary in Illinois against the more progressive Rep. Marie Newman on Tuesday night, partially as a consequence of an ongoing ethics investigation into Newman.

Newman had turn into one among the more outspoken progressives in Congress, standing out for her liberal positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for continuously voting with the progressive “Squad.” She won her seat in 2020, ousting moderate Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski in what was seen as a serious victory for the progressive movement.

Illinois lost a congressional seat following the 2020 census, and recent lines forced Newman into the identical district as Casten, who was first elected in 2020. But in comparison with Lipinski’s frequent breaks with the Democratic Party line, Casten is a mainstream liberal.

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

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

“The Office of Congressional Ethics was unanimous: There’s substantial reason to consider Marie Newman can have violated federal law by promising a taxpayer-funded job to an opponent if he agreed to not run against her,” a narrator within the ad said.

The seat, which incorporates substantial chunks of the Chicago suburbs, leans toward Democrats.

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