ICYMI: AOSue is At It Again

April 15, 2024

Sue Altman is trying to hide her true progressive beliefs now that she is the presumptive Democrat nominee in a swing seat. This comes as no surprise given this time last year, Democrats were bemoaning her candidacy—all but admitting her extremism would cause issues.

Now, those chickens have come home to roost and Sue’s silence on issues she was once vocal about (in this case, reparations) are taking a back seat. She may be scared to show her true progressive bonafides, but we aren’t.

In case you missed it…

Dem Candidate in Swing House District Spent Years Calling for Reparations. Then She Ran for Congress.

Washington Free Beacon

Meaghan Blonder


Sue Altman (D., N.J.) is a longtime supporter of reparations, but you wouldn’t know it from the way she’s campaigned for Congress. Altman, the presumptive Democratic nominee for New Jersey’s hotly contested Seventh Congressional District, enthusiastically supported reparations during her time as state director of the progressive New Jersey Working Families Party. But the Washington Free Beacon couldn’t find any instances of Altman discussing reparations since she launched her congressional campaign. The issue doesn’t appear anywhere on her campaign website, either.


Altman in May 2023 launched her campaign for the highly anticipated race for New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District against Republican incumbent Tom Kean Jr. Before launching her run, Altman served as state director of the New Jersey Working Families Party where she advocated for reparations and a reparations committee.

“ALL white people in NJ and across the country have benefitted from slavery’s long long legacy. NJ must pass the Reparations Task Force Bill,” the party wrote in March 2021.


Altman’s emphasis on the importance of reparations has disappeared since running for office. On her campaign website, under the “Issues” tab, Altman lists “anti-corruption,” “women’s rights and abortion,” “affordability,” “New Jersey’s natural environment,” “workers’ rights and unions,” “lower taxes,” “public safety,” “democracy,” “Medicare and social security,” “public education,” and “youth mental health”—but not reparations.


Progressive members of Congress have floated reparations as a part of their racial justice policy agenda. Cori Bush (D., Mo.) in May 2023, for example, introduced a resolution which aimed “to eliminate the racial wealth gap that currently exists between black and white Americans,” claiming “the United States has a moral and legal obligation to provide reparations for the enslavement of Africans and its lasting harm on the lives of millions of Black people in the United States.” The resolution estimated approximately $97 trillion worth of work by slaves between 1619 and 1865, with Bush citing a minimum of $14 trillion to address the current ramifications of slavery.


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