Squad Member Cori Bush is Sinking Fast

(FeaturedHeadlines.com) – Democratic US Congresswoman Cori Bush, a member of the so-called “Squad” of progressive lawmakers, is down by double digits against primary challenger Wesley Bell, a former prosecutor. Bush trails Bell by 22 percentage points, according to a Remington Research Group poll conducted February 7-9.

The Democratic primary for Bush’s seat in the US House of Representatives is scheduled for August 6. The poll of likely Democratic primary voters found that Bush holds just 28% support in her reelection bid, whereas 50% of respondents backed Bell.

Although the poll has a relatively small sample size of just over 400 people, the results are a “big red flag” for members of the Squad, according to Jewish Insider editor-in-chief Josh Krausher. Bush has been a vocal critic of the Israeli government and advocated for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the wake of Hamas’ October 7 surprise attack on Israel.

The poll demonstrates that pandering to “left-wing radicalism” is a counterproductive electoral strategy for the Democratic Party, Krausher said. However, Bush’s unpopularity may also be linked to a recent probe into alleged improper spending of security funds.

The US Justice Department is investigating whether Bush spent federal funds on personal security—an accusation the lawmaker denies. Bush came under fire in 2023 after she married her security guard and kept him on her campaign payroll.

Bush’s campaign has reportedly spent more than $750,000 on security since her 2018 congressional run. Federal law permits candidates to hire relatives for campaign work, although not in excess of fair market value.

Bush claims to be fully cooperating with the investigation but contends that the complaints against her are politically motivated. Bush is entitled to a presumption of innocence, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries said.

Regardless of the outcome of the probe, it appears as though voters are reluctant to support Bush any further, whether it be because of the accusations or her stance on Israel. However, the lawmaker still has several months before the primary election to regain lost ground.

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