Labels game: Some Democrats ditching ‘progressive’ brand

Some of the most prominent figures in the Democratic Party have labeled themselves as progressives, but others, for various reasons, have put distance between them and the label recently.

Several Democrats have left the Congressional Progressive Caucus, with some leaving due to a rift over the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. One of the most high-profile departures came when Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) confirmed he was no longer in the caucus and shied away from calling himself a progressive when speaking with NBC News this month.

“I consider myself an Arizona member of Congress who works across the aisle with everybody,” Gallego told the outlet when asked if he still considers himself a progressive.

“I work for Arizonans,” he added. “And sometimes that makes me cross a lot of political spectrums.”

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