Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s decades-long tenure as a senator for New York may soon be coming to an end.
According to The Washington Times, pressure is mounting on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat who represents a district that comprises part of New York City, to attempt to replace Schumer by making a bid for his Senate seat in 2022.
A lengthy career
According to Biography.com, Schumer started his political career in 1974 by winning a seat in the New York State Assembly. From there, he quickly moved up the ladder, and earned himself a seat in Congress in 1980.
Schumer remained in the House of Representatives for almost two decades before a 1998 Senate bid.
On Jan. 3, 1999, Schumer was sworn in as a U.S. senator for New York, a role he continues to hold two decades later.
In all, that means Schumer has been collecting a government paycheck for almost five decades. Now, many Democrats are making clear that it’s time for some fresh faces to be running things in Washington, according to The Washington Times.
“One thing I think we can say is the Democrats in New York have a pretty strong bench, and the bench is young and diverse and increasingly liberal,” Jeanne Zaino, a professor of political science, observed, according to the Times, “and the establishment folks — Schumer and [New York Gov. Andrew] Cuomo — have felt some of the quakes from that part of the party.”
David Sirota, who worked on Bernie Sanders’ campaign, tweeted a similar sentiment. “Just going to say something out loud that should be obvious: The fastest way to speed up the process of changing the corrupt, do-nothing, status-quo-protecting culture of the national Democratic Party is for [Ocasio-Cortez] to defeat [Schumer] in a Democratic primary in 2022,” he wrote, according to the Times.
A change of face?
AOC already pulled off one major upset when she beat Democrat incumbent Joe Crowley in 2018. Now, some want her to do it again.
Even President Donald Trump caught wind of the Times‘ article, and he seemed to support the idea. (Anything to get Cryin’ Chuck out of Washington.)
Actually, that would be a big improvement – and she would win! https://t.co/EzmOjNtYJS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
While it is unlikely that a Republican will win that seat anytime soon, it sure would be nice to see someone other than Schumer in there.