Congressional candidates in Michigan are courting voters in re-drawn districts with the state’s party primary elections only a week away.
Some progressive members of the state’s Congressional delegation are counting on help from well-known political names.
Several sitting members of Congress switched to new districts in Michigan, including U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib, one of the so-called “Squad” of progressive women in the House. Her colleague, Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley, told supporters in Detroit the race is also about the progressive movement itself.
“It’s not just four women in Congress, it’s anyone who’s moving with boldness and urgency to disrupt the status quo because you know you are standing in the gap and lives depend on you,” Pressley said.
New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told those canvassing Detroit neighborhoods that a vote for Tlaib means a blow against corporate-backed special interest money.
“And so when we go out here and knock on these doors for Rashida, we let them know that Detroit will not be bought,” Ocasio-Cortez proclaimed.