The darling of the Democrat Party’s Socialist wing, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is facing a battle that she likely never expected. A challenger has arisen in her 2020 bid for reelection to the House of Representatives. And she just might steal the seat away from her.
“Scherie Murray, a New York businesswoman who immigrated from Jamaica as a child and is active in state Republican politics, is launching a campaign Wednesday for the congressional seat held by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," Fox News reports.
And the 38-year-old Murray, a relative unknown, is coming out swinging in regards to the sitting Rep from her district in New York.
“There is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC,” Murray told Fox News. “And instead of focusing on us, she’s focusing on being famous. Mainly rolling back progress and authoring the job-killing Green New Deal and killing the Amazon New York deal.”
The Jamaican immigrant, who came to the United States when she was nine years old, will officially launch her campaign on Wednesday.
In her newly-released campaign video, she explains why she is running for the position now held by 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez.
“Your representative in Washington chooses self-promotion over service, conflict over constituents, resistance over assistance," Murray said in the video. "Queens and the Bronx needs someone who will create jobs instead of turning them away."
Murray also takes jabs at AOC’s dream of creating socialized healthcare.
“Medicare-for-all, I think a lot of people are happy with their current health insurance.” And on the Green New Deal, the left-wing proposal to address climate change pushed by Ocasio-Cortez, she said: “We know that it certainly will kill jobs.”
Her strategy seems to be painting AOC and her freshmen pals as being more celebrities than true politicians.
“I think we are missing the point of why we’re elected to public office: to legislate on policy, to deliver results to those kitchen table issues that are affecting everyday Americans.”
She went on to proclaim her support for President Trump and his fight to secure the southern border.
“There is a crisis at our border."
So far, four Republicans have stepped into the ring to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in the November election: “former police officer John Cummings, medical journalist Ruth Papazian, construction contractor Miguel Hernandez and entrepreneur Antoine Tucker.”
As of yet, no Democrats have announced their intention to challenge AOC in the June 2020 primary. Some strategists, however, believe that ’Establishment Democrats’ who are growing tired of Ocasio-Cortez’s antics may put up a strong candidate to oppose her.
In the heavily-Democrat district, where Ocasio-Cortez’ opponent in the 2018 general election, Anthony Pappas, received a mere 14% off the vote. Murray still believes she could prevail because of widespread dissatisfaction with Ocasio-Cortez.
“A Republican can win the district,” she said. “There is an absolute path to victory when you look at a general election campaign.”
“Murray, who grew up in Southeast Queens and worked for the city’s Jamaica Bus Depot as a teenager, founded a television production and advertising company called The Esemel Group in 2004.
“She said her business generated employment for minorities in New York City. She said she no longer works for the company and is now a full-time mother.”
To learn more about Ms. Murrray and her campaign, click on the video, below.