This is amazing news. The old guard of the Democratic party are falling by the wayside and a new, hopefully modern party is emerging. Cori Bush lost to Rep. William Lacy Clay in 2018.
Lacy Clay, and his father, Bill Clay, have represented Missouri's first district since 1969.
Source: Associated Press
Cori Bush, a onetime homeless woman who led protests following a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a Black 18-year-old in Ferguson, ousted longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay Tuesday in Missouri’s Democratic primary, ending a political dynasty that has spanned more than a half-century.
Bush’s victory came in a rematch of 2018, when she failed to capitalize on a national Democratic wave that favored political newcomers such as Bush’s friend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
But this time around, Bush’s supporters said protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis and outrage over racial injustice finally pushed her over the edge.
An emotional Bush, speaking to supporters while wearing a mask, said few people expected her to win.
“They counted us out,” she said. “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.”
This is a huge deal in St. Louis politics. Cori Bush (once homeless with two kids) ousts 20-year incumbent William Lacy Clay (whose dad also held the seat for three decades before him) on second try. First try was 2018, covered in Knock Down the House. https://t.co/z0XgNkv3jk
— Jennifer 8. Lee (@jenny8lee) August 5, 2020
— Alissa Wilkinson (@alissamarie) August 5, 2020
And the final word to Cori Bush herself on what this means.
Not me, US.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) August 5, 2020