Jamaal Bowman loses in the costliest House main in historical past | EUROtoday

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Democratic Representative Jamaal Bowman misplaced to a main challenger tonight who acquired an unprecedented onslaught of cash from pro-Israel teams in the costliest House main in historical past.

Bowman — a member of “The Squad,” a coterie of progressive Democrats within the House of Representatives — turned unpopular amongst pro-Israel Democrats due to his help for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas amid a warfare that has killed greater than 35,000 folks in Gaza.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s tremendous PAC, United Democracy Project, poured $14 million into Bowman’s race as he confronted Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

But a lot of the ads didn’t deal with Bowman’s insurance policies on Israel, however reasonably his resolution to vote in opposition to the bipartisan infrastructure invoice, his opposition to a deal to raise the debt ceiling in alternate for spending cuts or his personal private antics in Congress. The advertisements portrayed Bowman as antagonistic towards President Biden, one thing Bowman strongly denies.

The race turned intensely private, with Latimer accusing Bowman of “representing” Dearborn, Michigan, a metropolis with a big Arab-American inhabitants, and San Francisco.

Bowman and different members of the Squad, together with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, accused the Latimer marketing campaign of participating in race-baiting.

Bowman’s final main was an equally shocking victory in 2020 in opposition to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel. Since then, he has rankled many in Congress, significantly when, throughout a vote in September, he pulled a hearth alarm. That stunt led him to be charged with a misdemeanor and censured by House Republicans.

Bowman tried a last-minute exhibiting of power, bringing progressive leaders together with Senator Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez and Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts to marketing campaign for him.

“We are going to show f**king AIPAC the power of the motherf**king South Bronx,” he stated at a rally on Saturday — regardless of the very fact his district didn’t embrace the South Bronx.

The race additionally turned a continuation of Sanders’s 2016 main feud with Hillary Clinton, provided that Clinton endorsed Latimer’s marketing campaign and her political motion committee contributed cash to him.

Progressives accused AIPAC of permitting for Republican cash to circulation right into a Democratic main.

The race is the primary main {that a} member of the Squad misplaced. In April, Representative Summer Lee of Pennsylvania beat again main challenger Bhavini Patel. But Patel didn’t obtain cash from exterior teams like AIPAC or Democratic Majority for Israel.

“I think that this race is about the corrupting role of money in politics, and I think there’s a certain extent where it’s honestly not about issues at all,” Ocasio-Cortez instructed The Independent earlier than the race.

Bowman’s victory provides a template for fellow embattled Squad member Representative Cori Bush of Missouri, who additionally faces an AIPAC-supported candidate in Wesley Bell.