Socialist-Democrat Representative Alexandria (Sandy) Ocasio-Cortez is facing a very real possibility of losing her seat in Congress in less than two years. The woman who thinks we have “three chambers of government” has a pretty big target on her back in 2020, but the most significant target appears to be from her own party.
During an interview with The Intercept, the young rising star Socialist admitted that members of her own party could eliminate her.
Following the 2020 census, every state will draw new district boundaries to reflect changes in the population, the political implications of which will stretch for at least the next decade. In 2014, New York approved a constitutional amendment establishing a nonpartisan redistricting commission, which is set to take over the redistricting process starting in 2020. The 10-member commission, meant to be independent from the legislature, is made up of individuals selected by leaders from the state Senate and Assembly, and the original eight members pick two additional members. h/t The Gateway Pundit
Last week, The Hill reported that Democrats have been exploring the idea of challenging the Socialist freshman Representative in her upcoming election.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has infuriated colleagues by aligning with a progressive outside group that’s threatening to primary entrenched Democrats. Now some of those lawmakers are turning the tables on her and are discussing recruiting a primary challenger to run against the social media sensation.
At least one House Democrat has been privately urging members of the New York delegation to recruit a local politician from the Bronx or Queens to challenge Ocasio-Cortez.
“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 29-year-old congressperson noted (accurately) that it’s generally expected that New York will likely lose a seat, despite the city itself growing at a consistent pace. “I don’t know if that means that all of our districts are going to be redrawn dramatically, because they have been historically gerrymandered, or what will happen, but there’s certainly a possibility, if not a guarantee, that my district in the coming years will not look like my district today,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “So I think it’s entirely possible, and New York politics being what it is, we have no idea where things are going to go.”
On the Republican side, the wildly popular gay hairdresser, Brandon Straka, who founded the #WalkAway movement that encouraged Democrats to leave their intolerant, plantation Party and support President Trump is considering running against Ocasio-Cortez.
It would appear that Ocasio-Cortez isn’t suffering from a lack of people who want to see her removed from her powerful position in D.C.