From the outside looking in, things look pretty good for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
She’s got millions of Twitter followers, and she’s in the news almost every single day.
But Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just received terrible news that could end her career.
It’s been a rough week for the squad. In the span of a few short days here’s what has happened to the squad. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were banned from traveling to Israel (the ban has since been lifted, with conditions) … and Ilhan Omar was reminded of the fact she’s only got a 9% approval rating in her district.
And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just found out that even though she’s only been in office for nine months, she’s already got Republicans gearing up to take her out of office.
Over the weekend, the freshman congresswoman was put on notice by Republicans in her district that they’re ready to take her seat.
Her seat opens up next year, and several Republicans filed paperwork to the Federal Election Commission in hopes they can help remove her from office.
Rey Solano, one of the many GOP’ers who are going to run against AOC in the 14th Congressional district, said this of the controversial Democrat: “She’s fired everyone up…she’s really annoyed a lot of people.”
While Solano’s sentiments might seem to be aimed at AOC personally, for these candidates there’s nothing personal behind wishing to remove AOC from office.
Like many conservatives, they fear that Socialist firebrands like Ocasio-Cortez pose a legitimate danger to the safety of these United States.
Ruth Papazian, a medical writer and fellow contestant for AOC’s seat, said this about the dangers she poses: “The standard-bearer of socialism in America is in CD 14,” said Papazian, “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].”
Now AOC might not feel threatened at the prospect of people running against her.
So far, the upstart congresswoman’s raised somewhere around 1.9 million dollars for her re-election campaign.
At the time of this writing, her closest competitor has only raised $11,000.
That being said, it’s not going out of the realm of possibility that these competitors would depose her from her place.
Three years ago, Cortez was little more than a bartender, and today’s she’s part of “The Squad.” However, her rise has left many disenfranchised voters in her wake, and they may very well vote against her.
Consider the fact AOC prevented Amazon from coming in and setting up shop (which would have added 25,000 jobs). Plus, her radical Green New Deal was so outlandish and would have raised taxes so high that it had people on the left and right thinking she was crazy.
Some seem to believe that Ocasio-Cortez was elected simply because she was a minority.
Well, if all it takes is minority status to win, then Scherie Murray, who hails from Jamaica has a good chance of winning. Murray entered the fray in July.
And how do voters in AOC’s district plan to vote in 2020?
According to Politico, “But when asked if they would vote to re-elect Ocasio-Cortez or vote for someone else, 37 percent picked the incumbent, and 48 percent favored someone else. Without any candidates named, respondents also said they would prefer a candidate who backed the Amazon deal.”
Change is in the air. And if things go south for AOC, it could mean victory for the GOP.