‘She’s pissing off a lot of people and has probably made a lot of enemies…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Newly elected socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez isn’t exactly winning friends and influencing people in her new job in the U.S. Congress.
The freshman New York Democrat has earned the derision of Republicans for her outspoken—and often ridiculous—policy ideas, which she ferociously amplifies on social media. Now, fellow Democrats are coming after her.
At least one House Democrat is privately urging members of the New York delegation to recruit a primary challenger.
Among a long list of liabilities, including joining activists to protest Speaker Nancy Pelosi inside her own office, Ocasio–Cortez recently infuriated House colleagues by aligning with a progressive group that’s threatening to primary establishment Democrats.
She also was the only Democrat to vote with Republicans last week against a House funding bill that would re-open the government, saying that the funding it provided for Immigration and Customs Enforcement was a non-starter.
If that weren’t enough, some in the media have even likened her rhetorical approach to President Donald Trump, saying both share a sort of populist outlook, determined to disrupt politics as usual while appealing to highly polarized political bases.
“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 Democratic lawmaker, who requested anonymity, told The Hill.
“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 lawmaker said.
While the 29-year-old Ocasio–Cortez, a former bartender, is a media-driven political juggernaut of sorts, she may indeed be vulnerable to a serious challenge.
Among her new enemies include members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Ocasio–Cortez has thrown support to the “Justice Democrats,” a group looking to primary fellow New York Democrat Hakeem Jeffries — who recently called President Trump the “Grand Wizard Of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”
But even Jefferies is too establishment for Ocasio–Cortez, a proud member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Jeffries took over a chairmanship position from Rep. Joseph Crowley, whom Ocasio–Cortez defeated in a 2018 Democratic district primary election. She then ran unopposed in November.
While no potential challengers have emerged to-date, The Hill reported that a New York political insider sees plenty of potential competition in Ocasio–Cortez’s Queens and Bronx district—where many remain close to former congressman Crowley.
“She’s pissing off a lot of people and has probably made a lot of enemies. … A lot of people who are furious with her are Joe’s allies, including some named Crowley,” said the insider, referring to Elizabeth Crowley, a former New York City councilwoman and cousin to Joe Crowley.
“She is a woman. She’s been moving more to the Left. She would be someone interesting,” the insider said.