GAFFE FACTORY: Eliot Engel’s Missteps Lead to Huge Week of Fundraising for Jamaal Bowman

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The Bowman campaign has raised more than $360,000 since Engel (finally) returned to the district one week ago 

YONKERS, NY — June 8, 2020 — One week ago today, Eliot Engel returned to the district after being absent for months as COVID-19 ravaged the Bronx and Westchester — but given what’s happened since, he probably wishes he had stayed in Maryland. Over the last week, Engel’s inept, confusing, and increasingly bizarre campaign missteps helped the Bowman campaign raise $362,000 as more than 10,500 donations poured in.

First, Engel was caught on a hot mic at an event on the Black Lives Matter protests admitting that “If I didn’t have a primary, I wouldn’t care.” As Democratic strategist and CNN commentator David Axelrod said, “This is like hanging a sign from your neck saying, ‘I’ve been in office too long.’” Then, when he finally got his wish and was allowed to speak at an event in the district, he was heckled.

Next, clearly afraid that he won’t get the coveted New York Times endorsement, Engel attempted to soften the blow by preemptively announcing that he would not accept their endorsement anyway as a protest — a move that the National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar called “absurd” and said “shows he’s in serious political trouble.”

Then came Engel’s blundering performance at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters Westchester on Sunday — despite the fact that he was reading off of prepared notes. Engel made the bizarre decision to attack Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most popular and well-known Democrats in New York City, for endorsing Jamaal’s campaign. “This is not a dictatorship. This is a democracy. We shouldn’t have one person, from high, even though she’s a colleague of mine, think that she can anoint whoever’s elected,” said Engel, despite the fact that he’s spent the last week touting endorsements from his colleagues in House Democratic leadership.

During the debate Engel also claimed to be endorsed by the state nurses union — when in fact the New York State Nurses Association has endorsed Jamaal Bowman.

“I want to thank Congressman Engel for helping us to make the case that it’s time for new leadership in NY-16. Over the past week he’s repeatedly shown voters just how out of touch he is,” said Bowman campaign manager Luke Hayes. “If Eliot Engel spent more time in the district, he’d know that New York Democrats are proud of AOC’s leadership, and probably don’t appreciate her being compared to a dictator.”

In the last week, Jamaal Bowman has been endorsed by Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, and New York City Councilman Brad Lander. In addition, Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Our Revolution also announced this support for Jamaal last week.

About Jamaal Bowman

Jamaal Bowman has been an educator and advocate for public schools for over 20 years and most recently served as principal for the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action (CASA), a public middle school he founded in 2009 in the Baychester neighborhood of The Bronx. Dr. Bowman is running for New York’s 16th Congressional District and is rejecting all corporate PAC and lobbyist contributions. He is a life-long New Yorker who now lives in Yonkers with his wife and their three kids.

Watch Jamaal’s closing video ahead of the NY-16 primary here.

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Jamaal Bowman has been endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Justice Democrats, the Working Families Party, Democracy for America, the Sunrise Movement, New York State Senator Robert Jackson, New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, New York City Council Member Brad Lander, Zephyr Teachout, Diane Ravitch, Cynthia Nixon, Tiffany Cabán, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, New York Communities for Change, Make the Road Action, Community Voices Heard Power, Brand New Congress, New York Progressive Action Network, Somia El-Rowmein, Dr. Rosa Rivera-McCutchen, Jennifer Scarlott, Terry Gipson, Center for Popular Democracy Action, Blue America PAC, Badass Teachers Association, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, RootsAction, NYC Kids Pac, 350 Action PAC, The Jewish Vote, the Yemeni American Association, Women for Justice, Indivisible Nation Brooklyn (INBK), Council of School Administrators (CSA), and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators.

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TribuneGAFFE FACTORY: Eliot Engel’s Missteps Lead to Huge Week of Fundraising for Jamaal Bowman

Comments 2

  1. Engel is no bargain and neither is the far left Bowman-Yonkers is in serious trouble if senile Engel is re-elected or if Bowman wins.

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