Arizona House candidate Democrat Kirsten Engel signed an anti-cop activist’s reparations pledge.
Hopefully, an action that costs her the support of moderate voters who she’ll need to win her highly competitive race.
Engel, a law professor at the University of Arizona, said she was “proud” to sign the Reparations Pledge PAC pledge to support reparations if elected.
She vowed to “fight for racial justice in all forms in Congress.”
The PAC is led by an activist who called defunding police departments a “moral thing to do.”
Redeem Robinson also railed against the “disgusting police system” that had declared “war” on minorities.
Engel’s reparations support links her to left-wing activists that could hurt her chances of capturing the open seat in Arizona’s Sixth Congressional District.
Democrats consider the seat a “must-win” for them to maintain control of the House.
Recent polls prove that Americans strongly oppose reparations and defunding police.
Sixty-five percent of respondents to a Washington Post poll said they oppose the federal government paying reparations. This is compared with just 28 percent who support doing so.
This month Engel’s campaign released an internal poll showing her leading 49-47 over Republican Juan Ciscomani. Although election analysts have given Republicans a slight advantage in the district. Some polls lean 7 points in favor of Republicans.
Engel is known for embracing unpopular left-wing causes.
In 2020, she solicited donations for a Minnesota bail fund that freed a child molester. When released, the man committed a murder, the Washington Free Beacon reported. She also encouraged donations to Showing Up For Racial Justice which is a coalition of white civil rights activists that publishes a “defund the police toolkit.”