AOC's Offensive Nature Is Coming Back To Bite Her
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been making enemies of her fellow Dems throughout her time as a Freshman Dem. She attacked Pelosi over singling out the "women of color" for the border aid vote, and more recently she has refused to pay her dues, as she feels they are not funding the right Dems. Establishment Dems have noticed, including TV Celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, who has claimed she needs to stop bashing the people that made it possible for her to be elected. But AOC doesn't seem to care about the opinions of her fellow Dems, and it looks like it could cost her in the next election as establishment Dems may eliminate her position altogether.
“It’s time to elect a progressive majority in Congress accountable to strong, grassroots movements that push support for issues like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, racial justice, & more,” she tweeted Friday.
“My ambition right now is to be a little less lonely in Congress,” AOC told the New York Times."
"A Census undercount in Ocasio-Cortez’ district and elsewhere in the state could lead to the elimination of congressional districts — potentially setting off politically charged redistricting battles.
New York already is on track to lose up to two congressional seats during reapportionment due to population decline and slower rate of growth, according to a December report by Election Data Services.
“Every member of Congress should be concerned about the Census,” said Jeffrey Wice, a fellow at SUNY Buffalo Law School and redistricting expert who’s a senior advisor to New York Counts 2020."
"Ocasio-Cortez’ district is full of communities with apprehension about the Census process, said Naureen Akhter, the lawmaker’s deputy district director.
“We have a high immigrant population, a lot of undocumented folks, a lot of distrust from the community in the government,” she said."
"The Wall Street liberals who dominate New York’s Democratic leadership would like to downsize her out of a job. She’s a pain in the ass, a progressive radical who threatens their bottom lines and a populist who’ll fight to reduce their stranglehold on the state party. But if they try to eliminate her district they’re declaring war, and war carries risk. She’s already one of the most well-known Democrats in the country and among the most highly regarded members of the party among progressives.
If the NY leadership tries to murder her, she might primary Schumer or Gillibrand and she’d have oceans of grassroots money from Bernie Sanders’s base to help her do it. She’d be a cause celebre among leftists, with the AOC-versus-Wall-Street-libs battle seen as a high-stakes proxy fight for the future of the party.
Progressive outfits like Justice Democrats would doubtless look for ways to retaliate too in the form of primary challenges to the state legislators responsible for the redistricting (to the extent they’re not looking to primary those people already). At a minimum, some Dems would suffer Election Day boycotts by progressives eager to make them pay for eliminate AOC’s job."
So it looks like we may be stuck with her even if Dems eliminate her district.