Democrats are not pleased by first-term New York Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a Democrat is contemplating her political demise by wanting to recruit a primary challenger.
The Hill reports:
At least one House Democrat has been privately urging members of the New York delegation to recruit a local politician from the Bronx or Queens to challenge Ocasio-Cortez.
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“What I have recommended to the New York delegation is that you find her a primary opponent and make her a one-term congressperson,” the Democratic lawmaker, who requested anonymity, told The Hill. “You’ve got numerous council people and state legislators who’ve been waiting 20 years for that seat. I’m sure they can find numerous people who want that seat in that district.”
Among other things, Ocasio-Cortez is upsetting the Democrat establishment by participating in efforts to unseat a Democrat representative.
Many New York and Congressional Black Caucus lawmakers were also furious with Ocasio-Cortez after a recent Politico report stated she and the grass-roots group aligned with her, Justice Democrats, were considering backing a primary challenge to fellow New York Democrat Hakeem Jeffries, a Black Caucus member and establishment insider who succeeded Crowley as caucus chairman.
Ocasio-Cortez is shaking things up in the Democrat Party and the Democrat establishment doesn’t like it.
Democrats like to stick together and Ocasio-Cortez is breaking that rule.
However, a plot to get rid of Ocasio-Cortez can backfire. She has a huge social media following and is backed by young progressive activists – that’s a power base that shouldn’t be ignored.