Could progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) be winding up for a run at Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) seat?
When Schumer was directly asked if he was worried about the prospect during a CNN interview, he sidestepped the question.
Do your job
Ocasio-Cortez won her congressional seat by facing off against a longtime Democrat incumbent and while she is worried about winning her seat again in 2020, she does not seem to have ruled out trying to unseat Schumer in 2022.
When she was asked recently if she would run for his seat, she said, “I don’t know.”
“Right now, you know, my concern is just making sure that I’m taking care of everything that’s right in front of me and just making sure that I earned the honor and the privilege of serving New York 14th Congressional District for another term,” she added.
While Ocasio-Cortez is unwilling to publically commit to challenging Schumer just yet, President Donald Trump has not been shy about chiming in the prospect. When Trump was recently asked about a possible Schumer-AOC faceoff, Trump predicted that the freshman Congresswoman would “kick his a–” if she ran for his Senate seat.
When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Schumer about Ocasio-Cortez’s refusal to rule out a primary challenge, Schumer obfuscated, “Look, throughout my career, I’ve done my job. I’ve found throughout my career, if you do your job well, everything else works out OK.”
Unseating an incumbent
Ocasio-Cortez and her “Squad” have diligently worked to yank the Democrat party further and further left with a shocking amount of success — and often to the chagrin of the party’s deeply entrenched leaders.
She also clearly has ambitions much grander than spending her career in the House. Unseating the ultimate bastion of the Democrat establishment would be the perfect move to catapult her into the running for even higher office.
Senator Schumer is a perfect example of everything that is wrong in D.C. He is a talking head that does nothing for the people of this country while making empty promises and collecting a government paycheck.
Schumer has been in office since 1999 and has no apparent plans on ever entering the private sector.
The last two years have seen a significant change in the landscape of politics nationally as well as locally. While there was a time when nobody would dare challenge Schumer’s authority, we wouldn’t be surprised if Ocasio-Cortez decided to poke the bear when Schumer’s seat comes up for election again in 2022.