New York freshman Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won a historic spot in the House of Representatives by beating longtime Rep. Joe Crowley to become the youngest – and potentially most controversial – representative in history.
However, as the famed AOC faces re-election in 2020, as she must do every two years, she appears to have a fierce competitor in centrist Democrat City Council member Fernando Cabrera who is running for her seat.
Ocasio-Cortex said that she plans to win the primary by showing that she can “kick-ass” at her job and allowing the people of New York to once again choose her.
Cabrera launched his campaign against Ocasio-Cortez last month and came out of the gate strong, going after the 30-year-old congresswoman by attacking her Democratic Socialist views
Ocasio-Cortez responded to his challenge by saying that, “I always feel like the best way for me to run is to really kick ass at my job,” she told reporters Wednesday night when asked about her primary challenger according to POLITICO. “I aspire to do it better than anyone who’s tried to hold this seat before.”
Along with Democrats vying for her seat, the Bronx native faces multiple Republican contenders, however Cabrera is the first established politician to attempt to take her seat.
“I continue to run with the same integrity that I ran the first time around. I don’t take corporate money,” she said ahead of a town hall meeting Wednesday at a public school in Pelham Bay in the Bronx according to POLITICO. “I’ve never accepted corporate PAC money since I’ve entered into office. I haven’t taken a single meeting with a corporate lobbyist.”
The Democratic-socialist is treading very carefully, however, waiting even to endorse a candidate in one of her neighboring districts which was recently vacated by Rep. José Serrano, saying that she doesn’t want to impact the race too much:
“Coming from grassroots politics myself, I’m very conscious of not trying to put my finger on the scale too early in the race,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I think it’s really important to allow the movements and the campaigns to blossom … and then to kind of honor that later on with a potential endorsement.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.