NY Post “AOC’s war on fellow Democrats likely to eliminate her House seat”

A new editorial by the Post editorial board predicts AOC’s decision to support progressive candidates who are launching challenges against more moderate establishment Democrats could end up costing her her house seat.

From the NY Post

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t just supporting women in announcing a slate of seven House candidates who’ll get cash from her Courage to Change PAC: The key fact is that two of them are challenging incumbents.

Indeed, she and her allies are now targeting several longtime local lawmakers, on the theory that they’re every bit as much of a problem as Republicans.

“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 tweeted Friday.

“My ambition right now is to be a little less lonely in Congress,” AOC told The New York Times.

But she may not last in Congress: Already in hot water for refusing to pay dues to her caucus’ fundraising arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, she’s now devoting her resources instead to defeating Democrats.

Don’t be surprised when the established Democrats who’ll control redistricting after the 2020 Census do their best to eliminate her seat.

TCO reported Freshman lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has big plans to make Congress more progressive and more female.

The media sensation will endorse over a dozen candidates, all progressive women and support them via her own PAC.

AOC tweeted:

Today @CouragetoChange is announcing its first endorsements of newcomers to Congress:

SENATE
Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez (TX)

HOUSE
Teresa Fernandez (NM)
Kara Eastman (NE)
Georgette Gomez (CA)
Marie Newman (IL)
Jessica Cisneros (TX)
Samelys Lopez (NY

Per Yahoo, “I think my ambition right now is to be a little less lonely in Congress,” she told the New York Times.

Jessica Cisneros is seeking to oust Representative Henry Cueller of Texas in the House primary. Another woman attempting to unseat a current House Democrat is Marie Newman, who is running against Representative Daniel Lipinski of Illinois. Both have Ms Ocasio-Cortez’ stamp of approval.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez gained notoriety among the liberal left of the Democratic Party after herb 2018 election victory when she defeated longtime incumbent Joe Crowley during the primary. This move from the Bronx, New York, representative is her way to reshape the party to mirror similar progressive views.

The Democratic Party has faced problems defining what direction it wants to go in leading up to the 2020 election. This problem has become more and more apparent during the presidential primary, with candidates like democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, whom Ms Ocasio-Cortez supports, going up against moderates like Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Members of the party have expressed concerns over whether moving more left is a good move for the Democrats, specifically when beating Republicans like President Donald Trump. But Ms Ocasio-Cortez remains confident she wants to see more members like her in Congress, leaving Democratic moderates worrying about their own seats.

“One of our primary goals is to reward political courage in Congress and also to help elect a progressive majority in the House of Representatives,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez told the newspaper. “There’s kind of a dual nature to this: One is opening the door to newcomers, and the other is to reward members of Congress that are exhibiting very large amounts of political courage.”