October 2, 2022

Progressive challenger unseats Pelosi-backed New York Democrat incumbent

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) worst nightmare is coming true: Progressives are taking over the House at breakneck speed.

Fox News reported on Friday that Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) a powerful establishment Democrat that has held his seat for over three decades has been defeated by a progressive challenger backed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY).ย 

Never have the shifting power dynamics been so apparent in our nation’s legislature.

When Nancy Pelosi first caught wind that Engle might actually lose his seat in mid-June, she offered her ringing endorsement of him. It wasn’t enough.

Several other establishment Democrats rallied around Engel as well, but challenger Jamaal Bowman, a former middle school principal and first-time candidate, already had nabbed endorsements from a number of leftist heroes including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Now, nearly three weeks after New York’s June 23 primary election, the Associated Press has called the election for Bowman. By the AP’s tally, though some mail-in ballots have yet to be counted, Bowman’s lead is too much for Engel to overcome.

Engel’s loss is a major blow not only to establishment Democrats’ hold on the House, but it is also a direct blow to Nancy Pelosi’s agenda.

Fox News reported:

Engel is one of the original sponsors of the House Democratsโ€™ sweeping police reform bill, which passed late last month. Heโ€™s also been a leader in the push by House Democrats to hold the Trump administration accountable and played a role in this year’s impeachment efforts over the president’s dealings with Ukraine.

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