DFA endorses Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, Tlaib for reelection ahead of House anti-hate vote
As the U.S. House is set to vote on a congressional anti-hate resolution originally proposed to admonish Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Democracy for America (DFA) announced that it is endorsing Omar and her strongest supporters in Congress -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) -- for reelection in 2020.
These are DFA's very first 2020 election cycle endorsements. The endorsements were made in response to the tremendous acts solidarity and support all four have shown each over the first two months of the new Congress, and the direct political threats leveled against Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, and Tlaib over the last week.
DFA backed all four members of Congress -- frequently referred to as The Squad -- in their competitive 2018 primaries. The grassroots organization has more than 19,036 members spread across their four congressional districts.
Chief Executive Officer Yvette Simpson on DFA's endorsement early 2020 endorsement of Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, and Tlaib:
"Back in 2018, we proudly backed Representatives Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayana Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib in their competitive primaries back because we knew they were exactly the kind of bold, unapologetic, progressive fighters our country needs.
"In just two months, through the battles they've waged, the enemies they've garnered, and the national conversations they've transformed, these four leaders have not only pushed forward bold ideas like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, they've repeatedly proven how essential their unique voices and perspectives are in Congress.
"That's why, today, we're making the reelections of Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib Democracy for America's very first endorsements of the 2020 election cycle.
"We're also endorsing these four progressive women of color today because the last week's politically-motivated, racially-tinged, and anti-Muslim attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar has made it clear that their opponents on the right -- in both the Republican and Democratic Parties -- will stop at nothing to tear them down.
"Representatives Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib have no illusions about the forces they're up against or the families and communities they're fighting for -- and neither does DFA. We're honored to be fighting alongside them and, with today's endorsements, we're making it clear, once again, that DFA members have the Squad's back every step of the way." -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $63 million and made more than 25.4 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 1008 progressive candidates nationwide.