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BY: Nic Rowan
Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I., Vt.) foreign policy adviser Matt Duss retweeted an article profiling Mckayla Wilkes, the 28-year-old primary challenge to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) on Monday morning.
Wilkes - Intercept - Hoyer - Tenure - House
Wilkes told The Intercept she is challenging Hoyer because she believes that his tenure in the House of Representatives since 1981 has put him at too far a remove from the American people, and she would like to see more "relatable people" in Congress.
"We need someone who will be a voice for us, who knows what we go through as daily constituents, and Steny Hoyer has been in office so long he's never really had to be a regular constituent," she said.
Wilkes - Challenge - Wake - Number - Upsets
Wilkes's challenge comes in the wake of a number of Democratic primary upsets, most notably freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D., N.Y.) primary victory over former Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Joe Crowley (D., N.Y.) in 2018. Upsets like Ocasio-Cortez and fellow freshman Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.) have made some members of the Democratic establishment more cautious about primary challenges: After the 2018 midterms, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced it would cut off...
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