Progressives have reportedly targeted several House Democrats for the 2020 primary, including U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper, a Democrat representing Tennessee’s Fifth Congressional District.
This, according to the nonprofit Maplight.org, which did not specify who, exactly, progressives have in mind to challenge Cooper.
The progressive challengers, the website went on to say, won’t have an easy time unseating these incumbents.
“Fifteen moderate House Democrats targeted for a 2020 primary by a progressive organization have at least two major advantages over challengers, according to a MapLight analysis,” the website reported.
“They’re likely to benefit from a new Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee policy that blacklists consultants and vendors who work for a primary challenger. The policy was implemented by Rep. Cheri Bustos, the DCCC chair and a target of Roots Action, the progressive organization.”
In addition to Cooper, other targets include Jim Costa of California, Henry Cuellar of Texas, Eliot Engel of New York, Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Jim Himes of Connecticut, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Derek Kilmer of Washington, Dan Lipinski of Illinois, Gregory Meeks of New York, Brad Schneider of Illinois, Kurt Schrader of Oregon, David Scott of Georgia, and Juan Vargas of California.
According to Maplight.org, Roots Action galvanizes people “committed to economic fairness, equal rights for all, civil liberties, environmental protection — and defunding endless wars.”
“The organization officially launched in 2011 as the Action for a Progressive Future nonprofit, claims to have more than 1.5 million active members,” according to Maplight.org
“Although the elections are more than a year away, several of the incumbents targeted by Roots Action already have picked up primary challengers.”
As The Tennessee Star reported last year, Cooper represents Cheatham, Davidson, and Dickson counties in Congress.
Cooper handily won re-election last year against Republican challenger Jody Ball by a margin of 67.8 percent to 32.2 percent, Ballotpedia said.
Cooper’s voting record is available here.
Last year, Cooper refused to vote in support of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security by casting a “present” ballot rather than “yes” or “no” on a resolution in support of the agency.
Cooper has served in the Fifth District since 2002, but that is not his only Congressional experience. He served in the Fourth District from 1983 to 1995, his biography in the 2017-2018 Tennessee Blue Book said.
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