Washington, DC: Democrats For Life of America congratulates Congressman Dan Lipinski on his well-deserved Primary win.
Steve Schneck, former Director of Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies summed up the victory in an early morning tweet, “Wrongheaded Democrat elites in DC targeted incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski for defeat by a primary opponent. Pro-life Lipinski does not bow to DC activists on abortion. But tonight, with the help of Chicago’s working-class Latinos & African-Americans Lipinski defeated the DC insider.”
“This was a win for the Big Tent Democratic Party,” said Kristen Day, executive director, Democrats For Life of America.
A recent poll before the election by NARAL Pro-choice America showed that women favored Lipinski by 43% to 40% and Hispanic voters by 44% to 33%. African Americans supported Lipinski by a more considerable margin, 54% to 26%.
The pro-abortion lobby flooded the district with money and volunteers painting Representative Lipinski as a conservative who was out of touch with his district. They pointed to his vote against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), although he has been a vocal proponent of affordable healthcare and has opposed every attempt to overturn it. They also painted Dan as anti-immigrant telling voters he supports a border wall, which he clearly stated he did not. The groups used a 2006 vote, supported by a majority of Democrats, including then-Senator Obama to fund a fence along 700 miles of the Mexican border.
“The outside messaging called Dan conservative and not a real Democrat,” said Day. “His record says otherwise with an 88 percent Party loyalty rating and solid lifetime records with labor, education and environmental groups. The race was not about Dan’s record on traditional Democratic values. It was, plain and simple, about abortion and an effort to purify the Democratic Party of pro-life voices.”
The abortion lobby and Super PACs heavily financed Marie Newman's campaign. The Citizens for a Better Illinois Super PAC controlled by NARAL leadership out of Washington, D.C. raised and spent over a $1 million against Lipinski. Groups from outside the district also heavily attacked Lipinski. Postcards to Voters targeted Lipinski’s district providing people all over the country with names and address of voters in the 3rd Congressional district, urging voters to support Marie Newman. Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) also called for Lipinski’s defeat and provided his opponent with a contribution from her Super PAC.
"The amount of Democratic resources wasted on this campaign is quite frankly a failure of leadership by the DNC,” said Day. “This would have been the perfect opportunity to step in and say, ‘Congressman Lipinski is a moderate Democrat, who has been with us on many key issues, so our resources would be better used to protect Senate incumbents and fight for victories in purple House seats to give Democrats the House majority.’”
“Democrats have an opportunity to take back the House in November,” said Day,” but the key to winning is a Big Tent approach of inclusion and support for candidates who represent the views of their districts.”