The Coming Civil War in the Democrat Party [OPINION]
The election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress has apparently angered some Democrats and they are looking to make her a one-term member of the House.
The Hill newspaper ran a story this week about a member of Congress, a Democrat member, who is attempting to cut the career and the revolution of Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez short. Kill it in the cradle.
“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.”
Members of the New York congressional delegation and some of the folks the media considers potential opponents to AOC moved quickly to knock down the story.
The conservative Washington Examiner newspaper reported, "Rumors of a possible challenger to Ocasio-Cortez, the socialist social media darling, surfaced this week after a report that said one sitting New York Democrat in the House proposed an effort to replace her. Since then, three possible challengers were floated in the Daily Caller, but all three said they weren't interested."
However, nobody is disputing that at least one Democrat member of Congress is reaching out to find a Democrat to challenge AOC in the 2020 primary. Keep in mind that the unnamed member of the House felt comfortable enough reaching out to members of AOC's home delegation to float the idea and then dimed the conversations out to the media.
AOC isn't without some blame in this latest dust-up. She has been actively working with a left-wing group, Justice Democrats, to find left-wing candidates to run against incumbent Democrats in the House of Representatives in the 2020 primaries. She is a serious force in the Democrat Party today and her threats are to be taken seriously. The last time she was underappreciated by a Democrat incumbent, it cost him his seat and his future as the House Speaker.
Now the political world is watching AOC and waiting to see if she will continue her revolution within the Democrat Party, or side with her new found friends as a fellow incumbent member of Congress.
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