‘Justice Democrats’ That Helped Catapult AOC To Victory, Trying to Unseat Cuellar and Engel

Justice Democrats has announced that it is looking to unseat seven-term pro-life Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar and sixteen-term New York Rep. Eliot Engel, who is the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman.

Justice Democrats is an American progressive political action committee founded on January 23, 2017, by Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk, Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks, and former leadership from the 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.

It was Justice Democrats that helped catapult Ocasio-Cortez from obscurity to an upset primary win over then-Rep. Joe Crowley to an election win in November. The group runs a recruitment program by which activists can nominate grassroots candidates for office to challenge incumbent Democrats, and Ocasio-Cortez gave her support to that push in a video in January.

It’s time to usher in a new generation of diverse working class leaders into the Democratic Party. A Democratic Party that fights for its voters, not just corporate donors.

Saikat Chakrabarti, the chief of staff of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a link to a website accepting donations for Cuellar’s challenger in June, adding caustically, “Cuellar votes with Trump more than some Republicans … [and] votes most with big oil, private prison corps, and the gun lobby.”

Democrats are experiencing the brunt of the new insurgent tidal wave. There are approximately 260 declared House Democratic challengers through May this year. Of those, 103, or 40 percent, were in districts with sitting Democrats, not GOP-held or open seats.