Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has received some rather bad news about her reelection campaign, but at the end of the day, it seems there’s no one to blame for it but herself. AOC was booted from the ballot line of the progressive union-backed Working Families Party by a judge from Queens.
The freshman congresswoman only received 13 of the needed 15 signatures to get on the ballot for the group, which strangely considers itself the “Tea Party of the left.”
This means that she won’t be on the ballot in the general election either, which is a big advantage for her Democratic primary challenger Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.
Much of the reason for her failure to obtain the needed support lies in her blunder with Amazon, a deal that cost her district billions of dollars and thousands of new jobs.
Check out the details from Fox News:
“AOC has hurt working people of the Bronx and Queens with her votes and creates disunity within our party,” Caruso-Cabrera told the New York Daily News. “No wonder why pro-union forces don’t want her, and neither do our neighborhoods.”
Caruso-Cabrera said the leftist firebrand is out of touch with the needs of her blue-collar district.
The Working Families Party is an independent political party that cross-endorses progressive candidates through New York’s fusion voting system — which allows endorsement across ballot lines — to press Democrats to the left and extract concessions without being dismissed by voters as a spoiler.
While AOC didn’t make the ballot party line, some of the folks who support her within the WFP stated they will continue to campaign for her. So she’s got that going for her, which is nice.
Ocasio-Cortez is one of those people who is so wrapped up in ideology that she’s neglected to actually listen to the people of her district to see what would be best for them and what kind of problems they have that she can help solve. Instead, AOC has focused all of her time and energy on pushing the larger progressive agenda on issues like climate change.
Hopefully, this means we won’t be seeing much of her in the coming years as someone else will replace her. Then again, we’ll probably just be getting more of the same old thing and it won’t really matter, but hey, we can hope right?