House Ways and Means Chair Faces Primary Race From Liberal Dems Because He Couldn’t Get Trump’s Taxes

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: Rep. Richard Neal (R) (D-MA), ranking member on the House Ways and Means Committee, delivers his opening statement as members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives gather for a Senate-House Conference Committee meeting December 13, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The Senate-House Conference Committee met to review and reconcile tax reform legislation passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress. Also pictured is Rep. Kevin Brady (L) (R-TX), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

House Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal (D-Mass.) will face a liberal primary challenger in his reelection bid, in part because he failed to get President Donald Trump‘s tax returns.

Neal was tasked with the job of getting President Trump’s tax returns — a move he reportedly didn’t support. Despite his opposition, Neal called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to turn over the president’s personal taxes, along with those of some of his businesses. The IRS denied the request on the grounds that Neal asked for the tax returns to vet the auditing process of the IRS, not to release them publicly.

The Department of Justice ruled that the IRS did not need to comply with Neal’s request because the public release of an individual’s taxes is not a “legitimate legislative purpose.”

Democrats reportedly claimed that Neil “had to be dragged kicking and screaming to request Trump’s tax returns.”

That rubbed many liberal Democrats the wrong way. Now, one liberal Democrat is hoping to take Neil’s seat.

Alex Morse, the mayor of Holyoak, Massachusetts, is hoping to defeat Neil in the upcoming 2020 primary to become the Democratic nominee for the district. Morse has been mayor for eight years.

While Neil has the congressional experience to tout during the primary, his experience may be his downfall.

Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Adam Green noted that his committee is “very likely” to back Morse in the primary, according to a report by the Washington Examiner.

Green noted that Neil not only failed to get Trump’s taxes, but many liberals were upset that he hasn’t pushed for hearings on Medicare for All.

“We will very likely support a primary challenger against Richie Neal because he consistently sides with giant corporations and the political establishment against progress for his constituents,” Green noted.

Neil’s newfound primary drama comes just a few weeks after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s (D-N.Y.) chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti promised that moderate Democrats would face left-wing primary opponents if they didn’t push the agenda of more liberal members.

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Sherri
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#EatingTheirOwn

Vivian Parson
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So you have to be far left leaning and kiss the rear end of such as the squad that wants socialism in order to get their support. I will stick with Trump and the republicans this go around say I the independent voter .

MariaRose Randazzo
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And those same super left-wing candidates will face candidates who don’t support their left-wing antics. AOC alone faces at least 3 candidates running against her as the 83% of her district who didn’t vote last time, plan to vote her out.

Noah_Vaile
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Noah_Vaile

messatwoshitts deserves whatever it gets.
They really don’t want a representative who almost has principles, like neil.

General Confusion
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I just heard a live interview of Richard Neal.

He is challenging a corrupt, absentee politician that spends his time raising money and hobnobbing in the big cities or DC rather than listening to his constituents.

Neal is running a no-PAC money campaign, so you know that he will be running to protect his constituents and not cowtowing to big corporations.

He should do well in Mass.

Morte206
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Who needs Shark Week when on a daily basis you can see Dems circling the chum.

James
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Let the infighting continue uninterrupted on past the 2028 elections. These dimwits can’t seem to get anything right.

HOW did that bunch of nincompoops ever get elected except by their lockstep, low-IQ followers?

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