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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made such an negative impact in her few months in office that she has already earned a spot in a Republican campaign advertisement.

A North Carolina congressional candidate is using the New York Democrat and progressive darling in her campaign ad to draw attention to the socialist agenda.

Michele Nix is vying with over a dozen other Republicans and some Democrats for the North Carolina 3rd Congressional District seat and is jumping off of President Donald Trump’s messaging about socialism with her focus on Ocasio-Cortez.

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: she has the media, she has the followers, but bless her heart, she has some terrible ideas,” Nix said in the 30-second video on YouTube.

“Guaranteeing government jobs for some, while killing small-town jobs for others. Her ‘green deal’ is a bad deal for North Carolina,” Nix continued, referring to Ocasio-Cortez’s widely mocked environmental legislation.

“I’ll stand up to socialism. Congress needs a good, strong dose of conservative, mature common sense,” Nix concluded in the video that kicked off with images of Ocasio-Cortez who made the cover of Time magazine’s April issue.

The self-proclaimed democratic socialist has seen her popularity drop amid ethics controversies, confrontations with Democratic leadership and a stream of gaffes that have highlighted the freshman lawmaker’s inexperience.

Speaking on the political crisis in Venezuela, Trump declared that “America will never be a socialist country,” and the White House has frequently criticized the ideas espoused by the left-leaning wing of the Democrat Party, even while many of the younger members see Ocasio-Cortez as the de facto leader.

The campaign ad from Nix may be signaling what is to come in GOP congressional campaigns as candidates take advantage of Ocasio-Cortez’s unfavorable ratings and voters’ aversion to socialism.

The North Carolina race in the Republican-leaning 3rd Congressional District is set for an April 30 primary with a potential July 9 runoff if needed. The candidates are vying for the seat vacated by the late Republican Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., who died in February.

Frieda Powers

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