Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been locked in a cold war since Ocasio-Cortez entered Congress in 2019.
There are no signs of a truce.
And now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made Nancy Pelosi’s life a nightmare with this public outburst.
The runoff in Texas’s 28th Congressional District attracted national attention.
Incumbent Democrat Henry Cuellar squared off with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-backed Jessica Cisneros.
The “Squad” hoped to send a message to the Democrat Party establishment and knock off an incumbent in Cuellar who supports some gun rights and abortion restrictions.
But when all the votes were counted Cuellar held a 177-vote lead and declared victory.
“Tonight the 28th Congressional District spoke, and we witnessed our great Democratic system at work,” Cuellar posted on social media. “The results are in, all the votes have been tallied- I am honored to have once again been re-elected as the Democratic Nominee for Congress.”
The prospect of the candidate she endorsed losing to an incumbent backed by Nancy Pelosi and all of House Democrat leadership infuriated Ocasio-Cortez.
In a tirade on social media Ocasio-Cortez torched Pelosi and other party leaders for backing Cuellar even though Cisneros was a committed leftist ideologue.
On the day of a mass shooting and weeks after news of Roe, Democratic Party leadership rallied for a pro-NRA, anti-choice incumbent under investigation in a close primary. Robocalls, fundraisers, all of it. Accountability isn’t partisan. This was an utter failure of leadership.
Congress should not be an incumbent protection racket and sadly it is treated as such by far too many. The fact is those who fail their communities deserve to lose. They don’t need rescuing from powerful leaders who state they fight for gun safety, the right to choose, and more.
TX28 is an extremely close race. If Cuellar wins, leadership’s decision to go to the mat for a pro-NRA incumbent will be the reason why. If Cisneros pulls it out, they will have mobilized against a badly needed grassroots for Nov & fought against a historic victory. And for what?
What Ocasio-Cortez ignored was the fact that Cuellar’s district is trending Republican and in a political environment where Reuters’ latest poll shows Joe Biden with just a 36 percent approval rating running a socialist hardliner in a swing district would just hand the race to Republicans.
And since Republicans only need to flip five seats to win back the majority in the House of Representatives Ocasio-Cortez forfeiting one race out of a desire to enforce ideological purity would accomplish 20 percent of the Republicans’ work for them.
Ocasio-Cortez will continue to stew over this defeat.
But as long as Ocasio-Cortez continues to push Democrats further into socialism Ocasio-Cortez is only setting the party up for massive defeats in the future.
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