Republican Challenger to AOC Scherie Murray Drops Out

Scherie Murray, NY Republican challenger to AOC has dropped out.

Monday, Scherie Murray tweeted:

BREAKING NEWS: Did you hear about this? “America, I promise you more and I will continue to for a prosperous and better future. Thank you so much for believing in me, a legal migrant from Jamaica, W.I. who came to America for a better life.”

TheHill reports a Republican candidate seeking to challenge Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) dropped out of the congressional GOP primary race late Monday.

“I am very grateful to the constituents in NY-14 and citizens from across this great nation for their support and words of encouragement,” Scherie Murray, a Jamaican immigrant and businesswoman, said in a statement.

“As long as avowed socialists are legislators, you can rest assured I will use my platform to advocate for the kitchen table issues of the toughest, hardest working New Yorkers. This is not the end for Scherie Murray because I will continue to work hard,” she added.

Murray suspended her campaign just days after she had filed a lawsuit against a contractor for allegedly making errors while tasked with getting signatures on Murray’s behalf.

Her campaign said she faced “hurdles” including “a corrupt political establishment working to silence her.”

“To add insult to injury, the vendor hired to collect qualifying signatures to secure ballot access for the Republican Party nomination in the June 2020 Primary, violated New York State election laws. The vendor was hired in good faith, yet ultimately prevented Murray from qualifying to be on the Republican Primary ballot for the June 2020 Primary,” the campaign said in a statement.

The campaign said it is taking the case to court to ensure “no other candidate is likewise taken advantage of.”

The federal lawsuit alleges, among other mistakes, that the vendor used a registered Democrat to be the “subscribing witness” for Murray’s petition, which violates state law that requires the subscribing witness be a Republican in order to get on the GOP primary ballot, the New York Daily News reported.

Andrew Shannon and Dean Nelson were the consultants hired to assist the campaign, according to the Daily News.

Shannon told the newspaper that Murray is striking back with the suit after he sued her a month earlier for breaching the contract.

“Whatever Scherie is doing is a smokescreen for her own shortcomings,” Shannon said. “If she had a competent campaign we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”

John Cummings, a retired New York Police Department officer, remains in the GOP race.