Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has become a darling of liberal millennials and progressives who want vast, fundamental changes made to America, but among some leaders in her own party, they’re reportedly counting the days until she’s out of office.
And they want that to happen very soon.
According to The Hill, a House Democrat revealed to them that they’ve been working with other New York Democrats to find someone to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in the 2020 Democratic primary. As a congresswoman, she’s up for reelection every two years.
The House Democrat, who spoke to The Hill anonymously, said, “What I have recommended to the New York delegation is that you find her a primary opponent and make her a one-term congressperson.”
“You’ve got numerous council people and state legislators who’ve been waiting 20 years for that seat,” they added. “I’m sure they can find numerous people who want that seat in that district.”
Ocasio-Cortez has done more than just present incredibly expensive plans to offer free healthcare and college tuition as well as a federal housing and jobs guarantee — without any clear idea of how to pay for it all. She’s egging on the fight for having Republican and Democrat incumbents be replaced by new challengers.
According to The Hill, she gave the encouragement to 700 people attending a meeting for the progressive Justice Democrats PAC back in November. Later in January, Ocasio-Cortez also appeared in a promotional video created by the Justice Democrats, which The Hill notes is an organization that helped her out and is focused on ousting incumbents.
Now some Democrats are ready to oust her.
“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 another source for The Hill, making reference to Crowley’s cousin Elizabeth Crowley as a possible challenger to Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez won a stunning victory over incumbent Joe Crowley, who had been eyed as a possible replacement for Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House. Because of her skill at appealing to young voters and her ability to use identity politics to her advantage, she could be difficult to beat in 2020.
Justice Democrats spokesman Waleed Shahid pointed out that, “Considering she’s more popular and well-known than some of the Democratic presidential contenders, I think whoever challenges her will lose by huge margins.”
The young congresswoman replied to the reported attempt on her second term by writing on Twitter, "’You've got councilpeople who've been waiting 20 yrs for that seat.’ That broken mentality, that public office is something you wait in line for, instead of earning through hard organizing, is exactly what voters want to change. Shows you how disconnected some folks here are.”