‘If I made people mad, they could have put me on the dog-walking committee or whatever…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) After a successful year for House Democrats, regaining the majority in the recent midterm elections, one would think the party would be having a kumbaya moment.
But not if Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has her way.
According to the Huffington Post, she’s continuing to push for the ouster of moderate Democrats in Congress to primary challengers.
On a conference call with 700 members of far-left organization Justice Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez urged more progressives to run for office, even if they have to face off against Democratic incumbents.
“Long story short, I need you to run for office,” she began. “We all need to run at all levels of government, but I really hope that many of you join me here in Congress.”
When it comes to the Justice Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez is merely returning the favor.
After all, they’re the ones who recruited her to run for office against Rep. Joe Crowley, a longtime Democratic congressman who was so powerful that he was seen as a future speaker of the House.
Now, Crowley’s young successor wants the group to continue its new campaign, #OurTime, an initiative that asks activists to identify Democratic incumbents who are too conservative for the districts they occupy, and find people who would make good challengers.
Interestingly, the group also calls for the ouster of House Democrats who are “demographically” out of touch with their districts, meaning even white liberals aren’t safe from a challenge—if they happen to represent areas that are largely non-white.
“If I made people mad, they could have put me on the dog-walking committee or whatever,” the self-described democratic socialist said. “They still might. But I knew that it was worth it.”
On the call, the congresswoman-elect urged the Justice Democrats to fight—and implied that Democrats like Pelosi and Crowley are on the wrong side of history:
“Know that they will come after you and that that’s OK because, at the end of the day, when you are on the right side of that long arc of history that bends toward justice, we will be able to tell our grandchildren that we fought for what’s right.”