Everytown for Gun Safety endorses Representatives McBath and Newman in primaries
By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN
Everytown for Gun Safety endorsed Democratic Representatives. Lucy McBath and Marie Newman Wednesday on the Democratic incumbents they are challenging in two crucial primaries in the 2022 election cycle.
The two House lawmakers decided to run in 2022 in different districts than they currently represent because of redrawn congressional maps of their states.
Everytown endorsed McBath over Democratic Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux in Georgia’s New 7th District and Newman on Rep. Sean Casten in Illinois’ new 6th District. Bordeaux and Casten had previously been approved by the gun control group.
Everytown considers McBath and Newman to be the “ultimate gun safety champions”, and prior to being elected, both congressmen volunteered with Moms Demand Action, a local branch of Everytown.
“I think it’s incredibly important for this organization to honor people who started as volunteer leaders and have gone from people who advocate for legislation to people who write laws,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown, to CNN.
Everytown had endorsed Casten and Bourdeaux in 2020, spending $1.2 million in partnership with the majority House PAC to support Bourdeaux. The group at the time called Bourdeaux a “committed candidate for gun savvy” and highlighted Casten’s advocacy for gun-related measures such as background checks.
When asked why Everytown chose McBath and Newman to endorse the 2022 primaries, Feinblatt said the endorsements were about “acknowledging their roots as volunteer leaders with Moms Demand Action — and that’s an important value for this organization”.
The group plans to announce an expense figure for McBath and Newman at a later date.
The two endorsements were the first in the 2022 election cycle for the gun control group which is largely funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Newman, a freshman in Congress, was the spokesperson for the Illinois chapter of Moms Demand Action.
McBath, who was first elected in 2018, became an activist with Moms Demand Action after her teenage son Jordan was shot and killed at a gas station in 2012 by a man who complained about the volume of music Jordan and his friends were playing in their car.
Since last year, Everytown has also been recruiting and training survivors of gun violence to run for office.
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