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.
It’s official: I’m running for Congress in #MA01. We deserve a leader who’ll put our community first—*not* the DC status quo.
— Alex Morse for Congress (@AlexBMorse) July 22, 2019
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.