A high-profile member of “The Squad,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib, is facing a tough primary challenge from the center on Tuesday, in yet another battle between the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and the establishment.
Running against Tlaib, D-Mich., is Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who has a history of intra-party battles with the freshman congresswoman, including in the 2018 primary for the same seat that Tlaib won.
But now it’s just Jones and Tlaib going head to head. And despite Tlaib’s massive fundraising advantage, Jones is a popular Democrat with deep connections in the Detroit political establishment. Jones is running on a platform of focusing on Detroit and the surrounding district, accusing Tlaib of being more concerned with superstardom than her constituents.
“As Michigan’s 13th Congressional District Representative, Tlaib has worked hard to become an international rock star,” Jones tweeted in late July. “Representative Tlaib has a huge war chest of nearly $2 million. The money in Rashida Tlaib’s war chest is mostly from people around the world.”
She added: “This means Tlaib is beholding (sic) to her money people, & not focused on the citizens of the 13th Congressional District.”
Jones also previously knocked Tlaib for calling Trump a “m—–f—–” and booing Hillary Clinton at a Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign event. Jones told the New York Times that she’s been contacted by people in her district saying if she were in office, she would be “more professional than this.”