Liberal group endorses Democrats in competitive primaries

PCCC says its backing includes outreach to supporters seeking grassroots donations

Michigan Rep. Fred Upton’s district in Michigan is one of the Republican seats Democrats are seeking to capture this year. A liberal advocacy group endorsed one of the Democrats vying to unseat him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Michigan Rep. Fred Upton’s district in Michigan is one of the Republican seats Democrats are seeking to capture this year. A liberal advocacy group endorsed one of the Democrats vying to unseat him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Posted January 31, 2020 at 12:17pm

Five Democrats in competitive House primaries in four states were endorsed Friday by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group pushing for liberal policies including the Green New Deal and expansion of Medicare and Social Security. 

The group called the move a “show of progressive energy,” in a news release obtained by CQ Roll Call, and said its endorsements follow those by preferred presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts senator earlier this week endorsed two of the PCCC-backed candidates, Mondaire Jones in New York’s 17th District and Candace Valenzuela in Texas’s 24th. A third, Georgette Gómez  in California’s 53rd, was endorsed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Warren’s rival for the progressive mantle in the Democratic presidential primaries.

The PCCC also endorsed Jon Hoadley in Michigan’s 6th District and Mike Siegel in Texas’s 10th.

The two Texas seats, now held by Reps. Michael McCaul and Kenny Marchant, and the Michigan seat, now held by Rep. Fred Upton, are Republican-held districts being targeted by national Democrats. The other candidates are running crowded primaries to replace retiring Democratic Reps. Nita Lowey of New York and Susan A. Davis in California.

In Michigan, there has been speculation that Upton, a former Energy and Commerce Committee chairman, would decide not run for an 18th term. Democrats have signaled they’re targeting the seat whether it’s open or not. Hoadley raised $208,000 in the final quarter of 2019, ending the year with $247,000 in the bank. Trump carried the district by about 8 points, and Inside Elections rates it Likely Republican.

The endorsements will be followed by emails to the PCCC’s supporters, which the group said number nearly 1 million, asking for grass roots contributions to the candidates.