The AOC does not rule out challenging Chuck Schumer in primary

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez does not rule out challenging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer – a 22-year Senate veteran and a staunch member of the “moderate” wing of the Democratic Party – in a primary l ‘next year.

When the progressive “democratic socialist”, who represents the Bronx and Queens, was asked by CNN’s Dana Bash While considering a campaign against her fellow New Yorker, AOC said she had not seriously considered it but also left the door open for a challenge.

“I know it drives everyone crazy. But what I really feel about it, and the way I really approach my politics and my political career, is that I don’t look at things and I don’t set my course positionally, ”he said. -she said in the interview at the end of June which will be broadcast in full Monday evening as part of the new series of CNN “Being …”

“And I know there are a lot of people who don’t believe that. But I really can’t function as I function and do the things I do in politics while trying to aspire to other things or calculate other things, ”added the 31-year-old progressive.

Schumer, 70, who has represented New York State in the Senate since 1999, is running for re-election in 2022.

U.S. Representative Mondaire Jones (D-NY), Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Representative Cori Bush (D-MO) celebrate together in front the United States Capitol after learning that the White House intended to extend the moratorium on evictions.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have worked “very closely on many laws”.
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The AOC defeated incumbent 10-term Democratic Representative Joe Crowley in a primary race in 2018 and won the general election to represent the Empire State’s 14th Congressional District.

“For what it’s worth, Senator Schumer and I have worked closely together on many laws and that, to me, is important,” she told Bash. “And so, we’ll see.”

AOC has previously been asked about a potential challenge for Schumer.

In January, she said Punchbowl News that she was “really in a place where I’m trying to decide what’s the most effective thing I can do to help our Congress, our [political] and our country is really tackling the issues of climate change, health care, wage inequalities and so on.

“I’m not playing shyness or anything like that,” she added.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, 70, is running for re-election in 2022.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, 70, is running for re-election in 2022.
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In her interview with CNN, AOC was also asked about ambitions that go beyond the Senate, including a White House candidacy.

She said looking this far into the future, at least for now, would compromise her ability to do her current job.

“I struggle with that because I don’t want little girls looking or anything like that to look down or anything in that direction. But for me, I think if that was part of my ambitions, it would undermine my courage today, ”she said.

“I think what often happens in politics is that people are so motivated to run for certain senior positions that they compromise by fighting for people today. And the idea is that if you can be as clean as a slate or as blank as a slate, it will make it easier for you to run for a higher position later, ”added AOC.

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