'The Ocasio-Cortez Effect': Democratic Grassroots Ignoring Establishment Threats as Yet Another Progressive Announces Plan to Primary Incumbent

Andom Ghebreghiorgis is, as of Wednesday, the latest young, left-leaning Democrat to challenge a sitting member of Congress, in this case Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the powerful head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The primary will be held on June 23, 2020.

Ghebreghiorgis, a 33 year-old special education teacher from Mount Vernon, New York, drew a line between his politics and Engel's in excerpts of a speech announcing his run obtained by The Washington Post. In the remarks, Ghebreghiorgis called out Engel for "millions of dollars in contributions from real estate, the healthcare industry, the military/defense lobby, and Wall Street."

Further, said Ghebreghiorgis, Engel represents a way of doing politics that hasn't been effective to change things for the better for the country and the younger generation.

"For my generation of students born after 9/11, all they have known, every year of their life, is war; the threat of climate extinction; and the intractability of wage stagnation, college unaffordability, and income inequality," Ghebreghiorgis said.”

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