6 Reasons This Democratic Congressman Needs to Go

Dan Lipinski has represented Illinois’ third congressional district since 2005. He serves a reliably liberal district. He’s a Democrat. And he needs to go.

I’m a progressive, but I also consider myself fairly pragmatic when it comes to electoral politics. If a Democrat is representing a red or purple constituency, I’m willing to lend them quite a bit of slack if they take some conservative positions. But Lipinski is representing a deep blue district and has crossed some dark red lines.

Here are six reasons we need to defeat Dan Lipinski and help elect a true progressive in Illinois’ third district.

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Illinois

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1. His father handed him the seat

Lipinski has never been in the trenches, fighting to make a name for himself and his agenda. His father, Bill Lipinski, had been in Congress for over 20 years. And after winning the Democratic primary for another term in 2004, he announced his retirement and persuaded the state’s Democratic Party to transfer the nomination to his son instead.

This allowed Dan Lipinski to avoid having to win over voters in a primary. So the younger Lipinski moved back to Illinois — where he hadn’t been a regular resident since 1989 — to take the gifted seat.

2. He opposed the Affordable Care Act

Lipinski was the only Illinois Democrat to vote against President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. He opposed the legislation in part because of funding that would go toward covering abortion procedures.

3. He is against gay marriage and LGBTQ+ equality

Lipinski supported the Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as between “one man and one woman.” He didn’t change his position when the Supreme Court struck down DOMA in 2013.

He now supports a “freedom of speech” bill that would prohibit the federal government from stopping business owners from discriminating against LGBTQ+ persons. While he reluctantly says he accepts the Supreme Court decision declaring gay marriage the law of the land, he opposes the EQUALITY Act that would extend additional civil protections for LGBTQ+ Americans.

4. He is staunchly anti-choice

Lipinski sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, one of only 10 Democrats who supported that largely Republican legislation.

He also has supported a nationwide 20-week abortion ban, which he voted for 2013. The legislation passed in the House of Representatives, but thankfully a divided Senate and the threat of then-President Barack Obama’s veto pen kept the bill from becoming law.

5. He has taken anti-science stances

Lipinski has voted against giving additional funding for embryonic stem cell research. But he has said he supports using other stem cells for research, so “we do not have to choose between advancing medical techniques and contentious life issues.”

6. He didn’t support President Barack Obama

Lipinski declined to endorse President Barack Obama for a second term in 2012.

It’s time to end the Lipinski family dynasty in Illinois and elect a representative who will actually fight for progressive values and their constituents.

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78 comments

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill17 hours ago

Thayer Evans are MANY of them, on both sides, who need to go! When someone has been there for 20, 30, 50 years, they need to go home!

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E4 days ago

brian f
BOT

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E4 days ago

@ Vasu Murti
I guess you've almost shared your "book" here judging by the number and length of your posts. Just because posts are prolific, doesn't mean folks will read most of it her.
I remember you from a few years ago and the fact that you were writing a book then

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Vasu Murti
Vasu Murti4 days ago

If pro-lifers *really* want to end abortion, opposition is going to have to come from across the political spectrum, and not just from the far right. Pro-lifers are going to have to reach across the aisle and convince Democrats, feminists, liberals, etc. on secular grounds: that the unborn are persons; to distinguish abortion from arguably victimless crimes like marijuana; to see the killing of the unborn on par with domestic violence, hate crimes against LGBTs, etc.; and that it's possible to protect humans in their earliest stages of development as zygotes and embryos without violating a new mother's privacy and civil liberties.

The animal rights movement, representing a cross-section of mainstream secular American society, is divided on abortion. This either indicates animal rights really are a bipartisan cause which conservatives can support alongside liberals, or it indicates many liberals are uncomfortable with abortion. So far, pro-lifers haven't convinced the majority of animal activists that abortion is morally equivalent to killing animals.

Pro-life liberals include the late columnist Nat Hentoff, a self-described "liberal Jewish atheist"; Catholic vegan columnist Colman McCarthy; the late governor Robert Casey of Pennsylvania; Carol Crossed of Democrats For Life, and Wangari Maathai, the late Kenyan 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, human rights and women's rights activist, and environmentalist.

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Vasu Murti
Vasu Murti4 days ago

Opposing embryonic stem-cell research, like opposing vivisection (animal experimentation) is not "anti-science." The moral absolute against not harming other humans would merely be extended to include other animals. Scientists are free to engage in research, hypothesis, testing, and the controlled experiment to prove their hypotheses... but just as they now are forbidden to experiment upon other humans, likewise, they would be prohibited from experimenting upon other animals. In the case of embryonic stem cell research, the moral absolute against infanticide would extend to humans before birth as well.

For animal advocates, animals are our top priority. Unlike Dan Lipinski, congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), one of the most liberal members of Congress, was pro-life and pro-animal throughout most of his political career.

The ancient eastern reincarnationist religions Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism all predate Christianity, all teach ahimsa, or nonviolence towards humans and animals alike to the point of vegetarianism, all are vegan-friendly, all oppose abortion, and all teach that abortion and war are the karma for killing animals, and that therefore, we cannot end abortion nor have peace on earth until first we abolish the killing of animals.

"The vegetarian movement," wrote Tolstoy, "ought to fill with gladness the souls of all those who have at their heart the realization of God's kingdom on earth."

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Vasu Murti
Vasu Murti4 days ago

Opposing embryonic stem-cell research, like opposing vivisection (animal experimentation) is not "anti-science." The moral absolute against not harming other humans would merely be extended to include other animals. Scientists are free to engage in research, hypothesis, testing, and the controlled experiment to prove their hypotheses... but just as they now are forbidden to experiment upon other humans, likewise, they would be prohibited from experimenting upon other animals. That's not "anti-science." In the case of embryonic stem cell research, the moral absolute against infanticide would extend to humans before birth as well.

For animal advocates, animals are our top priority. Unlike Dan Lipinski, congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), one of the most liberal members of Congress, was pro-life and pro-animal throughout most of his political career.

The ancient eastern reincarnationist religions Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism all predate Christianity, all teach ahimsa, or nonviolence towards humans and animals alike to the point of vegetarianism, all are vegan-friendly, all oppose abortion, and all teach that abortion and war are the karma for killing animals, and that therefore, we cannot end abortion nor have peace on earth until first we abolish the killing of animals.

"The vegetarian movement," wrote Tolstoy, "ought to fill with gladness the souls of all those who have at their heart the realization of God's kingdom

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Brian F
Brian F4 days ago

Trump is your hero Rhoberta E since you defend the corrupt Democrats who cheated Bernie Sanders out of his primary and anointed a Wall Street crook Hillary who repulses people because she lies so much, which caused this crook Trump to win. The ACA is not good enough. We need Medicare for all as proposed by Bernie Sanders. You need to talk to the 30 million people who are uninsured and the families of the 45,000 people who die each year because we are the only country that has this horrible oppressive for profit healthcare system, which you defend.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E4 days ago

brian f
BTW, your hero trump has promised for over 2 years to give you a miraculous plan. How's THAT going for you? So far President Obama has been the first to give the good US citizens anything but the GOP wouldn't allow that to expand and perhaps prove itself

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E4 days ago

brian f
Grab a brain because we ALL know he was lucky to get in what he did. I'm sure he thought it would be a start towards more.
YOU'RE not good enough to even try and explain how the ACA came about and how millions were / so thankful for SOME care.
YOU don't need to be SO condescending just to bolster YOUR fragile ego either.
"Explain" to me brian? Do you mean "you are right and everyone else is wrong" like your thousands of posts indicate?
Grow up

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Brian F
Brian F5 days ago

Rhoberta E The point is that Obama promissed to give us Medicare for all before he was elected and instead gave us the ACA which although better than nothing, still allowed our criminal health insurance industry too much power, left 30 million people uninsured and causes 45,000 people to die each year. Obama had a fillibuster proof Democratic majoriry his first year in office and could have given us Medicare for all and the Republicans couldn't have stopped it. The ACA is not good enough and we need Medicare for all. You need to stop insulting people when they try to explain things to you. You don't have our horrible criminal healthcare system, I do. You don't need to be rude to people who complain about our corrupt system. I'm sure if you had our horrible healthcare system that only cares about the profit that our criminal health insurance industry makes, you would complain too.

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