Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a media darling.
The media loves featuring her on their programs, and they have dubbed her the “Fresh Face” of the Democrat party.
She is the self-appointed captain of the “Squad”—featuring AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley— and has been called the “future of the Democrat Party” by DNC Chairman Tom Perez.
AOC has been a thorn in the side of Speaker Nancy Pelosi since the day she took office. It has been entertaining to watch the veteran Democrat try to reign in the newcomer. Pelosi has correctly pointed out that AOC and her Squad have very little support within the Democrat caucus, despite being media stars.
There is another place where Ocasio-Cortez is unpopular: her home district.
If the election were held today, she would have a hard time getting reelected.
AOC Is Unpopular In Her Home District
Despite being beloved by the media and having a large presence on social media, AOC’s approval rating is abysmal in her district; she currently has an approval rating of 20% amongst her constituents.
Another point of concern for her is the lack of campaign donations from within her district.
The Daily Caller News Foundation published a story on Tuesday highlighting her campaign finances.
The report showed that most of her campaign donations come from outside her district; only 10 people in her entire district have given to her campaign!
That means that, if it wasn’t for outside donors, her campaign would be nearly non-existent. That is not good news for Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.
The Daily Caller reported:
“The $1,525.50 Ocasio-Cortez received from her New York constituents represents less than 1% of her campaign’s itemized contributions reported to the FEC in the first half of 2019…
The average freshman representative’s reelection campaign received $107,141.29 in itemized contributions for their constituents in the first half of 2019, FEC filings show. Ocasio-Cortez’s reported district fundraising haul of $ 1,525.50 was just 1.4% of that average.”
It shouldn’t be surprising that her constituents aren’t donating to her. After all, she cost her district 25,000 good-paying jobs from Amazon after her anti-Amazon rhetoric played a role in the e-commerce giant scrapping plans to open a massive headquarters in her district.
She gleefully celebrated her role in the Amazon reversal. As she walked to her office in the Capitol, she told reporters: “Anything is possible: Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers and their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”
However, the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers favored moving the Amazon headquarters to NYC; 56 % of New Yorkers approved of the deal.
One Queen’s resident expressed his displeasure with Ocasio-Cortez when he said: “See those bombed-out cars in our neighborhood? This isn’t Shangri-La over here. We needed this, we needed this.” The man is a worker at a local restaurant that would have benefited from a much larger customer base if the deal had gone through.
AOC has garnered a lot of hype after winning her primary against Joe Crawley in 2018 while receiving a measly 17,000 votes.
A Challenger Approaches…
Her district is extremely blue, however, Ocasio-Cortez is very unpopular and vulnerable to a challenger.
So far, five Republicans have declared their intentions to do battle with her in 2020: former police officer John Cummings, medical journalist Ruth Papazian, construction contractor Miguel Hernandez, and entrepreneur Antoine Tucker.
However, the most intriguing figure to challenge her thus far is arguably Scherie Murray. Murray has made the rounds on cable news and has an interesting backstory.
Murray was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States when she was 9. She grew up in Southeast Queens and worked for the city’s Jamaica Bus Depot as a teenager, and founded a television production and advertising company. She has far more real-life experience and success than AOC and would be a formidable opponent if she wins the GOP primary.
The news isn’t good for AOC; she will have to work hard to win re-election in what once seemed to be a heavily-Democrat district.
But, ultimately, it doesn’t matter which Republican gets her out of office.
If AOC loses, it’s a win for the rest of America.