(PresidentialWire.com) – Speaking to a crowd of over 100 of her supporters at the opening of her new election offices in Queens, New York, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pleaded for help in her re-election campaign. The far-left congresswoman is facing 12 primary challengers and the very real possibility of losing her seat.
Ocasio-Cortez encouraged her supporters to turn out and vote for her in the primary on June 23, no doubt scared that her re-selection is not a done deal.
The New York Post reported that she said, “We have some really ambitious goals…Last election cycle, in the primary as we know, the turnout was quite low…this year, we want to multiply turnout by four times. That’s our goal.”
The only reason why a candidate would want to increase turnout so much is if they’re scared that insurgent candidates might bring in a new, more enthusiastic base that wants to unseat the hugely controversial politician.
“We want to secure 60,000 votes in the primary election. We need to start creating a turnout machine right now.”
Someone sounds spooked!
Ocasio-Cortez, often referred to as AOC, has become a polarizing figure in her party. She is at the forefront of the Democrats’ shift towards far-left social policies, as well as socialist economic policy. Moderates in the party rightly feel that she could be so polarizing that the general public is turned off from the party.
As one of her first acts in office, AOC opposed Amazon’s request to relocate its headquarters to Queens, an idea that would have brought jobs to the region. After successfully stopping the plans from going ahead, the congresswoman shocked the country by celebrating the result.
She has even supported the decriminalization of prostitution.
One of AOC’s biggest, and most recent, challengers is a former CNBC news anchor. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera announced last week that she would be running to take the seat from Ocasio-Cortez. She told CNBC she was “so lucky to have had such a wonderful career,” and that she wants “everybody to have the opportunity that I’ve had.”
Caruso-Cabrera is a registered Democrat, but offers a significantly different economic outlook to AOC, describing herself as a “fiscal conservative.”
“I am too fiscally responsible to want to reach out and hug the Democrats. Their social spending will keep the next several generations laden with debt.” The congressional hopeful also said, “At the same time, I am too fiercely independent to embrace the Republican party, because I want people to be free to make their choices about their personal lives.”
AOC will need to rally her radical base if she is to have any chance of fighting off her contenders, but it may be a tall task if moderate primary voters are tired of her radicalism.