Seven Republicans Queue Up To Run Against Ocasio-Cortez In 2020

Monday, August 19, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Joseph Curl
August 19, 2019

It’ll be an uphill battle, but already seven Republicans are preparing to challenge Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2020.

The former bartender went from rags to riches when she knocked off Rep. Joseph Crowley, then the House’s fourth most powerful Democrat and considered a possible successor to Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. While the New York district — part of the Bronx and part of north-central Queens — is highly liberal and roughly half Latino and Hispanic, Crowley says AOC is “vulnerable” in 2020.

“I do think that she’s probably most vulnerable in a first re-election,” said Crowley, who served 10 terms in Congress.

Republicans know that.

“She’s fired everyone up,” Rey Solano, a 2020 challenger, told Politico. “She’s really annoyed a lot of people.”

“The standard-bearer of socialism in America is in CD 14,” Ruth Papazian, another candidate, told the D.C.-based publication. “If you’re going to stop the spread of socialism, and especially the encroachment of socialism throughout the outer boroughs, you have to stop [Ocasio-Cortez].”

Republicans will have plenty to target. The Democratic socialist has been pushing socialist plans since she took office and, more locally, she helped scuttle a deal with Amazon that would have brought thousands of jobs to her district and other boroughs of New York City.

Few of the candidates have raised much money (Papazian leads the pack with $10,632 raised). Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez has raised more than $1.9 million in just the first half of the year, according to the Federal Elections Commission.

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