House progressives fell short on Tuesday when Representative Sean Casten defeated Representative Marie Newman in a member-to-member duel in the Democratic primary in the 6th Congressional District of the House of Representatives. Illinois.
Newman, a freshman who just took office after winning the election of former Representative Dan Lipinski (D), one of the few anti-abortion Democrats left in the House at the time, contested. strength with Casten through the redistricting of the region.
Casten, a moderate member of the Democratic caucus, is in his second term. Newman found himself embroiled in a scandal during his brief tenure in Congress. Earlier this year, the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into whether she bribe a potential main competitor not against her in exchange for a light job in her DC office.
Finally she gave that rival, local professor Iymen Chehade, a job on her campaignalthough Newman claimed the work was not binding on their original contractual agreement.
Casten urged Newman to reveal more information about her deal with Chehade, but Newman refused.
The area is heavily Democratic, meaning Casten is likely to have the edge when it comes to the general election.