• Will 'limousine liberals' forget the middle class?

    In the 3rd Congressional District where I live, there is a primary challenge to the congressional incumbent, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski. This is a good thing.

    Unfortunately, of the dozen campaign leaflets I have received from the challenger, Marie Newman, every piece of this campaign literature focuses exclusively on the issue of gay rights and abortion. Here, in the working-class district where I live, east of the wealthy suburb where the challenger lives, the issues encompass more than the above identity politics. Our needs and concerns range from foreclosures to better schools; clean air to jobs; good health care to neighborhood safety.

    There is a term some of us who vote Democratic apply to some our fellow Dems: out-of-touch limousine liberals. We paid tragically in 2016 for a campaign that forgot the word “inclusive.” Progressive Democrats like the one challenging the congressman representing my district will be repeating the same mistake that led candidate Hillary Clinton into defeat if they do not remove their blinders and address the needs of everyone.

    — Forest Ormes, Lyons

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