Social media darling and freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might be less loved by her fellow Democrats than she is by her constituents, according to a new report.
The Hill reported that at least one House Democrat has been working to ensure that the New York delegation find someone to run against the fledgling politician in her 2020 reelection bid.
“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.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who so proudly announces her Bronx/Queen background ousted then-Rep. Joseph Crowley in a race that most considered to be a lock for Crowley.
The former representative was “a Queens powerbroker and affable House Democratic Caucus chairman, had been considered a possible future Speaker,” The Hill reported.
For the time being, lawmakers in her home state of New York are not backing off of their endorsement of the millennial and her 2.6 million Twitter fans.
“We are going to see what happens. Generally, for me, I’m giving folks the benefit of the doubt, the presumption of innocence. You might say one thing before you get in here, and then after you get to meet folks, you see what happens and how the body works … things are different, so we’ll see what happens,” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), whose district includes part of Queens, said in an interview.
“I can only tell you that the times I’ve spoken to her, and at the times she’s been at the New York delegation meetings, she’s been cooperative and wants to be a team player. That’s what she said, so you gotta take her at her word until something changes,” Meeks added.