The Democrat establishment has been dealt a crushing blow — and the Squad is gaining a new member.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) has been a fixture in Congress for over three decades, but he just suffered a stunning defeat by progressive Democrat Jamaal Bowman during the Democrat primary in New York.
Engel is out
Engel is one of the Democrats who was targeted by progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and company for quite some time. The Jewish American congressman doesn’t cut it with the far-left because of his pro-Israel stance.
Furthermore, the recent Black Lives Matter protests likely helped tilt the scales in favor of Bowman, a candidate of color who says he has often shared stories of his own experiences with police brutality.
The election was held three weeks ago, but due to mail-in voting, the ballots were still being counted. However, Engel is now so far behind that it is clear he had no chance of a comeback.
He conceded defeat on Friday, saying, “The numbers are clear, and I will not be the Democratic nominee for the 16th Congressional District seat in the fall election. Serving the people of the Bronx and Westchester in Congress has been the greatest privilege of my life, and what a remarkable 32 years it has been.”
Another Squad member
Bowman is an uber-progressive who won the backing of the far-left Justice Democrats, who helped get Ocasio-Cortez elected. He was also endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Ocasio-Cortez.
“Justice Democrats shocked the world by helping elect @AOC and the Squad. Now @JamaalBowmanNY will be joining them as a member of Congress. The Squad is here to stay — and it’s growing. It’s time for a new generation of leadership. Join us,” Justice Democrats tweeted on Friday. The district is “heavily Democratic,” according to Politico, and Bowman is expected to win the general election in November.
In the meantime, Engel’s ouster leaves a monstrous hole for the Democrat establishment to fill. Engel, who held a powerful position as the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was endorsed by former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and multiple members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
More than likely, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) will step up to fill Engel’s role on the committee, but this is a massive blow to the Democrat elites who were hoping to keep the far-left fringe of the party at bay. Engel’s loss should be a warning to the entire Democrat party that nobody is safe, regardless of how many terms they have served or how powerful they are.
Meanwhile, Bowman is just getting started — after upsetting the New York primary, he’s taking it to D.C. “I can’t wait to get to DC and cause problems for those maintaining the status quo,” he tweeted following the primary in June.
I’m a Black man raised by a single mother in a housing project. That story doesn’t usually end in Congress.
But today, that 11-year old boy beaten by police is about to be your Representative.
I can’t wait to get to DC and cause problems for those maintaining the status quo. pic.twitter.com/ijaWpkcxvc
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) June 24, 2020