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The Reason Why Team Obama Is Gunning for This Powerful Democrat

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The Reason Why Team Obama Is Gunning for This Powerful Democrat

Rep. Eliot Engel and President Barack Obama didn’t always see eye-to-eye on issues of foreign policy.

The New York congressman, as staunch a Middle East hawk as there currently is in the Democratic Party, was the most high-profile House Democrat to oppose Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the biggest foreign policy initiative of his presidency.

Now, Engel, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is fighting for his political life amid a primary challenge to his left from Jamaal Bowman, a former high school principal. Obama administration alumni want him to know they haven’t forgotten his vote—and that they don’t especially like what he’s gotten done since.

As some key figures in the party establishment, from Hillary Clinton to Speaker Nancy Pelosi to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, have lined up to support Engel, high-profile former Obama advisers, some of whom have immense sway with liberals nationwide through the popular podcasts from Crooked Media, have joined forces with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in an effort to eject him from the House.

“Bowman is the kind of progressive, exciting young leader that Democrats should be electing,” said Tommy Vietor, co-host of Crooked’s Pod Save America podcast and a former Obama national security spokesman. “I also think that [the Foreign Affairs Committee] should be more progressive when it comes to oversight, fighting annexation [of the West Bank], supporting diplomacy like the [Iran Deal] and unwinding parts of the U.S.-Saudi relationship that allow for the continued humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.”

“We need fresh thinking on that committee,” Vietor wrote in an email to The Daily Beast.


Obama seems to keep a grudge for many years against people, this time for a vote on the corrupt Iran Nuclear deal. And this is further proof that Obamagate is real.

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It is surprising that former Obama admin officials would lobby against a sitting Dem House incumbent.    In fact the DNC passed special rules for the Dem primary election to safeguard incumbents after the surprising win by A.O.C.  in 2018.    Pelosi has hinted these rules are anti-squad rules since her dislike of the Squad is well known and documented.

Of course Pelosi also said she wouldn't run for House speaker in 2020.  This was to appease progressive.    Either way Pelosi will wish to turn over the speaker position to a NON progressive.   






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