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AOC, Hillary spar in Ohio special election, with Dem Party future potentially at stake

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The radical left and old school liberals are set to duke it out for a congressional seat in Ohio.

In the left corner are Hillary Clinton and the establishment democrats. In the even further left progressive corner is U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY.) and her “squad,” who will be battling over the replacement for U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, a longtime member of the House who gave up her seat this year to become Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

The Buckeye State’s 11th District seat falls in a solidly Democratic and primarily black district. The primary is set to take place Aug. 3 and the victor is virtually guaranteed to win the seat in the November election.

The real question is: just how far left will they go?

Nina Turner is the progressive pick. As a former state senator and national campaign co-chair for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential run, she is also a strong supporter of the “defund the police” movement.

“Defund the police is about reimagining what policing looks like in America,” she explained to The Hill in 2020.

Turner seeks to reform the criminal justice system “from the judiciary to the streets” calling it “inherently unjust to Black and Brown people.”

Like Ocasio-Cortez and her “squad,” who openly support actions of recognized terror organizations, Turner claimed in an interview with CNN that “America is rooted in racism” and “needs to be redeemed.”

In Clinton’s corner representing establishment Democrats is Shontel Brown, chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. She is viewed as a more moderate candidate who is less likely to buck the system.

Both sides are bringing in the artillery in hopes of securing the seat. (Symbolically, of course, as fanatical Democrats only believe in guns if their own bodyguards are carrying them.)

“I need her alongside me in Congress in the fight for racial, economic, social, and environmental justice,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an endorsement for Turner.

The establishment democrats got fired up in support of Brown after a poll in June showed that Turner was leading Brown by 35 points, earning Brown an endorsement from Hillary Clinton.

Other Democrats jumped on board to support Brown including U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, the South Carolina House Majority Whip. The Congressional Black Caucus has also voiced support for Brown this week.

Washington Democrats seem to want to stop Ocasio-Cortez and her “squad” from building their team any larger and thus increase their influence as they tend to resist bipartisan measures such as the infrastructure deal that Ocasio-Cortez claimed was “racist.”

“With a slim [House] majority another person in their ilk gives them outsize power and that is what this is about,” an insider from the Democratic House told The New York Post. “It does not represent the Democratic party or where America is. They represent where teenagers on Twitter are.”

Democrats are also threatened by the midterm elections where a mass exodus of Democrats will leave them vulnerable to losing their majority.

“The more members [the squad] gets, the less mainstream we will be able to be, and the harder it will be for us to keep the House and the White House,” the insider said.

Ashley Hill

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