In what amounts to a case of getting too big for your britches, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is reportedly drawing the ire of fellow Democrats to the point of some talking about finding a primary challenger to go up against the democratic socialist.
Which would mean a more moderate Democratic candidate, as it would be difficult to find someone further left than Ocasio-Cortez.
In what was seen as a major upset, the newly-elected congresswoman pulled off a shocking primary defeat of incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley, the No. 4 Democrat in the House at the time who was seen as a possible successor to now-Speaker Nancy Pelosi as party leader.
Not helping her case among entrenched Democrats is Ocasio-Cortez’s affiliation with Justice Democrats, a hard left group that looks to drag the party even further by challenging incumbent Democrats who fall short of their radical agenda — the group backed Ocasio-Cortez in her upstart bid.
A House Democrat who wished to remain anonymous spoke with The Hill to say that members of the New York delegation are being urged to recruit potential candidates to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in the 2020 primary.
“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 lawmaker said.
“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,” the Democrat added.
Ocasio-Cortez is the darling of the left, being embraced by the media and the gods of pop culture, to include being granted the royal treatment on the late night talk show circuit.
The lawmaker has a huge following, with 2.7 million followers on Twitter alone, and raised over $2 million for her 2018 campaign — with socialist views, a winning smile and an attractive figure showcased at every opportunity, a Bronx dimwit can go far in post-Obama America.
And with more than $400,000 of her 2018 haul still sitting in her coffers, according to Open Secrets, Ocasio-Cortez will make for a tough opponent.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi added to the difficulty level when she submitted to Ocasio-Cortez’s star power, gifting the 29-year-old freshman a seat on the powerful House Oversight Committee, along with a House Financial Services Committee seat.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to a tweet from The Hill’s Scott Wong, who reported on a potential primary challenger.
Highlighting the quote about people waiting 20 years for her seat, she tweeted: “That broken mentality, that public office is something you wait in line for, instead of earning through hard organizing, is exactly what voters want to change. Shows you how disconnected some folks here are.”
"You've got councilpeople who've been waiting 20 yrs for that seat.”
That broken mentality, that public office is something you wait in line for, instead of earning through hard organizing, is exactly what voters want to change.
Shows you how disconnected some folks here are. https://t.co/TMWYkboB7i
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 29, 2019
The tweet doesn’t suggest that Ocasio-Cortez is putting a whole lot of effort into being liked among her colleagues.
On the record, fellow New York Democrats like Rep. Gregory Meeks are playing nice, according to The Hill.
“We are going to see what happens. Generally for me, I’m giving folks the benefit of the doubt, the presumption of innocence,” he said. “You might say one thing before you get in here, and then after you get to meet folks, you see what happens and how the body works … things are different, so we’ll see what happens.”
“I can only tell you that the times I’ve spoken to her, and at the times she’s been at the New York delegation meetings, she’s been cooperative and wants to be a team player,” he added. “That’s what she said, so you gotta take her at her word until something changes.”
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