(UnitedVoice.com) – The House group known as “The Squad” has grown in the years since it was formed. Reps. Cori Bush (D-MO) and Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) are both members of the group now. Both of them are facing challenges.
Bowman and Bush are both facing primary challengers this year. Attorney Wesley Bell is running against Bush in Missouri District 1. According to The Hill, the Federal Election Commission filings showed Bell outraised the congresswoman in the last quarter of 2023. The attorney raised $492,149 to Bush’s $487,000.
Bell said that the Missouri district needs a lawmaker “who shows up, does the work and gets things done.” He went on to say he was “energized by the incredible momentum of support driving our campaign.”
Bush is also currently under federal investigation after allegations arose that she may have misappropriated campaign funds. The Democrat hired her now-husband to provide security for her after the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol Building. The Office of Congressional Ethics voted unanimously to throw out the complaint against her last year, but the DOJ is still looking into it independently. The House Ethics Committee is also investigating her.
Bowman is also facing a formidable challenger in New York District 16. George Latimer, an executive in Westchester County, raised $1.4 million to Bowman’s $724,000 during the last quarter of 2023.
The congressman’s campaign spokesperson, Bill Neidhardt, said the moderate Democrat has a “weakness.” He’s connected to “Republican Trump mega-donors,” referring to the fact that conservative donors have held fundraisers for him.
Like Bush, Bowman is dealing with troubles in his campaign. The congressman pulled a fire alarm in Congress last year and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Clips resurfaced of him repeating September 11th conspiracy theories while he was a high school principal. He blamed it on his studies while he was trying to get his doctoral degree.
Both Bowman and Bush are in seats considered safely blue, but it appears the lawmakers might be a little too blue for some donors.
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