The Bold Progressive Versus The Loyal Liberal: Inside The Showdown In A Key House Primary

by | Jul 28, 2022 | Politics

TAYLOR, Mich. ― Thanks to redistricting, Michigan Reps. Andy Levin and Haley Stevens are competing for the same congressional seat in suburban Detroit.The race has gotten increasingly nasty. But the pair of Democratic lawmakers took a break from pummeling one another last Friday to attend an event touting microchip legislation at a United Auto Workers union hall in a neighboring district.Advertisement“Investment in chips is an investment in workers,” said Stevens, who went on to detail her role in shepherding the bill as a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. “I want all of us to remember where we were today, because this is historic.” Levin celebrated the legislation as well, but also expressed righteous anger at the policies ― and politicians ― that enable offshoring of domestic manufacturing jobs.“I’m furious about the situation in our country,” Levin declared. “People say, ‘Oh, we can’t make things.’ We’ve largely de-industrialized to an extent that’s maddening.”Their remarks at the Friday event reflect their divergent strategies in the Aug. 2 primary for Michigan’s redrawn 11th Congressional District. AdvertisementLevin is pitching himself to voters as the more authentic progressive in the race ― an indignant crusader for workers, climate action and human rights, both at home and abroad. He tackles those priorities with a structural critique of money in politics and the corporate-friendly ideology that often accompanies it. Stevens, a mainstream liberal, is running as a champion of auto industry jobs and abortion rights who is best equipped to continue delivering incremental wins for her constituents. She has leaned heavily on her leadership role in then-President Barack Obama’s auto industry bailout, and the endorsement she received from retiring Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D), who represents part of the new district.National coverage of the race has, understandably, …

Article Attribution | Read More at Article Source

Share This