Primary Challenge to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Endorsed by House Dem Colleague
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has made enemies on the right. But could some in her own party be looking to primary her? The Hill’s Scott Wong reports that at least one House Democrat has been urging their New York delegation colleagues 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. Ocasio-Cortez reportedly angered the Congressional Black Caucus and NY colleagues after Politico reported that she and the Justice Democrats, a progressive group which helped her get elected, were considering a primary challenge to rising Democratic star and fellow NYer Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. “I don’t think that is something the New York delegation would contemplate. As you can see, we are totally united behind each other. … The New York delegation sticks together,” Jeffries said, adding that Ocasio-Cortez denied the news report that she was backing a challenge to him. Still, allies of former Congressman Joe Crowley -- whom she beat -- including his cousin and former NYC Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley are reportedly still “furious” at Ocasio-Cortez. However, given her star-status and the continued media attention covering her every tweet, Ocasio-Cortez would be tough to beat. More here.