Biden and polit­i­cal allies shrug off con­gress­man­’s Demo­c­ra­t­ic pri­ma­ry chal­lenge

<div>Biden and political allies shrug off congressman's Democratic primary challenge</div>

With Rep. Dean Phillips (D‑MN) in the 2024 Demo­c­ra­t­ic pri­ma­ry race, Pres­i­dent Joe Biden and his polit­i­cal team can hope the Min­neso­ta con­gress­man is more John Ash­brook, less Ted Kennedy.
Phillip’s cen­ter-left pol­i­tics are clos­er to Kennedy, the 46-year Mass­a­chu­setts sen­a­tor and lib­er­al icon, whose 1980 Demo­c­ra­t­ic pri­ma­ry chal­lenge to Pres­i­dent Jim­my Carter helped sink the Georgian’s reelec­tion bid. But Phillips’s polit­i­cal stand­ing is more like Ash­brook in 1972, as a rel­a­tive­ly obscure House mem­ber. Ash­brook, of Ohio, chal­lenged Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon for the GOP nom­i­na­tion from the right. It proved no more than a nui­sance, as Nixon claimed his party’s nod with­out break­ing a sweat and then won a 49-state land­slide that Novem­ber.
Phillips, 54, jumped into the race on …