Progressive firebrand AOC’s push to replace establishment democrats she deems too moderates with progressives she deems more like her may have dire consequences for her future, according to a new editorial from the NY Post.
Per NBC, most recently, Ocasio-Cortez announced on Twitter that her new PAC, Courage to Change, was announcing its first endorsements of candidates who haven’t served in Congress. They include Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez who’s running for Senate in Texas, and for the House, she’s endorsing Teresa Fernandez of New Mexico, Kara Eastman of Nebraska, Georgette Gomez of California, Marie Newman of Illinois, Jessica Cisneros of Texas and Samelys Lopez of New York.
She also said in a follow-up tweet that she wants to elect candidates who support major progressive proposals including her own Green New Deal.
“It’s time to elect a progressive majority in Congress accountable to strong, grassroots movements that push support for issues like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, racial justice, & more,” she said.
Newman is trying to defeat Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski in Illinois’ primary. On Newman’s campaign website, she slams Lipiniski for voting against Obamacare and coverage for pre-existing conditions. Cisneros is trying to primary Democratic Rep. Henry Cueller in Texas and said on her website that Cueller is “Trump’s favorite Democrat.”
Fox News reports Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., would do well to prepare to see her House seat vanish after this year’s redistricting over to her targeting of “established Democrats” with funds from her Courage to Change PAC, according to a New York Post editorial.
The editorial, which ran on Sunday, said the freshman representative has been in “hot water” with some in the party for “refusing to pay dues to her caucus’ fundraising arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee” and instead devotes resources to “defeating Democrats.”
Ocasio-Cortez, 30, launched her own political action committee with the hopes of supporting some challengers “who refuse to bow to establishment pressure.”
The PAC’s endorsements included four House candidates running to unseat Democratic incumbents: Marie Newman for Illinois’ 5th district, Samelys Lopez for New York’s 15th district, Jessica Cisneros for Texas’ 28th district, and Teresa Fernandez for New Mexico’s third district.
Two of the candidates are seeking office in seats held by Republicans, including the Texas seat occupied by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. One of the endorsements is for Georgette Gomez, a California Democrat who wants to fill the state’s open 53rd district.