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Activist Cori Bush on Tuesday unseated longtime U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. from Missouri’s 1st Congressional District.
Although it was a tight race, Bush was the clear winner in St. Louis City. Tuesday’s primary saw her capture nearly 49 percent of the vote to Clay’s 45.5 percent, according to a report from Essence.
Fox News says it’s a big win yet again for the Justice Democrats, the group that backed the successful Democratic primary challenges by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in 2018, and educator Jamaal Bowman over powerful Rep. Eliot Engel this summer.
“They called me — I’m just the protester, I’m just the activist with no name, no title and no real money. That’s all they said that I was. But St. Louis showed up today.”Cori Bush, on her win in St. Louis
With that win, 20-year incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. pundits are calling the turn of events a show of progressive might.
The first congressional seat had been in the Clay family for more than 50 years. Clay’s father, Bill Clay had held the seat for 32 years before him.
Interestingly, Bush, who is also Black, lost to Clay two years ago by double digits, according to Fox News. In her second challenge to Clay, she was endorsed earlier this year by then-presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. And she recently landed the backing of Bowman.
Fox adds that, Bush said, “Tonight, Missouri’s first District has decided that an incremental approach isn’t going to work any longer. We decided that we the people have the answers, and we will lead from the front lines.”
Who is Cori Bush?
In her own words from her organizational website, Bush describes herself: “I’m a nurse, pastor, single mom, and Ferguson-made activist running to represent MO-01 in U.S. Congress. As a lifelong St. Louisan, I understand the struggles of our communities because I’ve lived them myself. That’s why my platform puts regular, everyday people first, with solutions that are long overdue.”
Yahoo News says that Cori Bush is, a onetime homeless woman who led protests following a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a Black 18-year-old in Ferguson.
The article goes on to say, ‘Bush became ill while pregnant with her second child in 2001 and had to quit her job at a preschool. When she and her then-husband were evicted from a rental home, the couple, their newborn and 14-month-old son lived out of a Ford Explorer for several months.’
Who is William Lacy Clay Jr.?
Clay, who is currently serving his 10th term, was first elected to the U. S. House in 2000 after serving 17-years in both chambers of the Missouri State legislature. He succeeded his father, the Honorable Bill Clay.
His website goes on to say, ‘The Congressman is the Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development & Insurance.’ Clay is also ‘a senior member of the Oversight and Reform Committee, which has major oversight and investigative responsibilities for the operations of the federal government.’
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