Left Splits Over House Special Election

Progressives appear to be at odds regarding Tuesday’s special election to fill the House seat vacated by former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), with two prominent advocacy groups backing separate Democratic candidates.

Democracy For America (DFA) is seeking donations on behalf of California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, while Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is seeking volunteers to make phone calls on behalf of Marcy Winograd, a repeat candidate for the office.

Both groups oppose the third Democrat in the race, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn. DFA, particularly, takes aim at Hahn for taking $75,000 in campaign contributions from the insurance industry.

In an email to its supporters, DFA calls Bowen “a progressive leader who has always put principle over politics.”

In an email of its own, PDA calls Winograd a “progressive in every sense of the word.”

Winograd twice before unsuccessfully challenged Harman from the left in Democratic primary elections.

Harman resigned earlier this year to head up a Washington think tank.

Although there are Republicans in Tuesday’s all-party primary election, a Democrat likely will win in this Los Angeles County-based district.

The top two vote-getters Tuesday will face off for a special general election July 12.

This means that, due to the split among progressives nationally, Bowen and Winograd could end up running against each other. Or one of the two could face Hahn.

Scott Nance is the editor and publisher of the news site The Washington Current. He has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.

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