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“AOC is going AWOL.”
That’s the assessment of the New York Post in reporting that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is ditching the one opportunity to go before the people in her district to debate in person other candidates in the running.
The self-described democratic socialist will skip the Wednesday event, ahead of next week’s Democratic Party primary.
The newspaper noted the irony of AOC’s decision, given that the previous incumbent, 10-term Rep. Joseph Crowley, who Ocasio-Cortez upset, skipped the same debate and it “was seen as a backhanded diss of his upstart opponent — and helped AOC unseat him in a shocking primary result one week later.”
Can America be so lucky to see history repeat itself?
If anything would give us a reprieve from the liberal insanity that has set upon the land like locusts, it would be to see the Bronx bartender who wrapped Marxism in a pretty package go down in defeat.
The debate is sponsored by the Parkchester Times, and its publisher, Sheikh Musa Drammeh, predicts that may be exactly what happens next week.
“Ocasio-Cortez is claiming her incumbency privilege,” Drammeh told The Post. “But if she does the same thing, history will repeat itself.”
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a former journalist and formidable challenger, is taking the freshman Democrat to task for being “a polarizing, divisive force” in the party, while pointing out that she voted against the coronavirus aid bill and ran a planned Amazon project out of Queens, according to the Post.
“I have been to all of the NYCHA projects within the district, and do you know what they tell me?” Caruso-Cabrera said. “AOC is MIA.”
“It’s taken her ’til now to face the realities of those suffering in the Bronx and Queens who want answers,” she added.
On Sunday, Caruso-Cabrera sent Ocasio-Cortez an open letter calling her out for not planning to attend the debate.
“If you dodge or skip this debate, you will affirm the suspicion I have heard shared by many that underneath a celebrity image you’ve cultivated, you do not understand this community, you do not truly fight for it, and you do not care about it enough to show up,” she wrote.
.@AOC will affirm the suspicion I’ve heard shared by many that underneath the celebrity image you’ve cultivated, you don’t understand this community, you don’t truly fight for it, & you don’t care about it enough to show up. pic.twitter.com/nCkxHJPjLb
— Michelle Caruso-Cabrera (@MCaruso_Cabrera) June 14, 2020
Much like her predecessor was, Ocasio-Cortez is flush with cash — on an even grander scale.
The lawmaker has proven to be a fundraising juggernaut, and she raised $2.4 million over a two month period that coincides with the height of the pandemic lockdown, as reported by Fox News.
Ocasio-Cortez’ April-May haul brings the total raised for her reelection effort to more than $10.5 million, according to the article.
It also puts her in the rarefied air of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., when it comes to fundraising.
Caruso-Cabrera raised $930,000 during the same two-month period, according to Fox News, which brings her total to more than $2 million for the election cycle.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
When she run for election she demanded a debate with the incumbent congressman. He refused so then she taunted him for it. And now she is doing the same thing and refuse to debate the challenger. Hypocrite!!!
— Mimi Chan (@borodostone) June 13, 2020
She can run away but she can’t hide.
— Rob Spaulding (@RobSpaulding3) June 13, 2020
She probably believes that’s one of the permanent benefits of being in Congress
— SteveN-Pleasantville (@stinkysteve1959) June 14, 2020
— Brian Hurley (@Bh89052Hurley) June 13, 2020
She is afraid of @MCaruso_Cabrera
— Anthony Grisanti (@AnthonyGriz) June 13, 2020
She big time now
— Squints (@JamalLannister) June 13, 2020
Please vote her out. And I voted for Hilary.
— Jbiz216 (@JMcDonough2013) June 13, 2020
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