AOC goes to scorched earth in Dem Party leadership after far-left candidate failed to defeat incumbent

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) targeted her party’s leadership after progressive attorney Jessica Cisneros failed to defeat Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) in a runoff.

Just 175 votes separately Cisneros and Cuellar ahead after Tuesday’s runoff Cuellar declares victory. However, Cisneros can still close the gap with absentee ballots that still have to be counted. She has not conceded and could demand a recount given the close election result.

The race was not officially announced.

What did AOC say?

Ocasio-Cortez has blasted Democratic Party leaders for continuing to support Cuellar. Progressive Democrats have worked tirelessly to put Cisneros in a position to defeat Cuellar, but it looks like it wasn’t enough.

“On the day of a mass shooting and weeks after news of Roe, the Democratic Party leadership has rallied for a pro-NRA and anti-choice incumbent to be probed in a close primary. Robocalls, fundraisers, everything. Accountability is not partisan. It was a complete failure of leadership,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Cuellar has been in Congress since 2005 and is one of the last truly moderate Democrats. Cuellar is anti-abortion, has repeatedly confronted President Joe Biden over the border crisis, and has had an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association for most of his political career.

In her Twitter tirade, Ocasio-Cortez added that “Congress shouldn’t be a mainstream protection racket” and declared that “those who fail their communities deserve to lose.” However, she did not specify exactly how Cuellar failed his community. One would think that Cuellar would have done the opposite if he managed to get re-elected so many times.

But according to Ocasio-Cortez, the only reason Cuellar could win the runoff is because of the Democratic Party’s leadership.

“TX28 is an extremely close race. If Cuellar wins, the leadership’s decision to step on the mat for a pro-NRA incumbent will be the reason. If Cisneros pulls it out, they will have mobilized against a much-needed base for Nov and fought for a historic victory,” she said said.

What have others said?

Other vocal progressive politicians, such as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), also spoke out against Cuellar and Democratic Party leaders on Tuesday for supporting him.

“We don’t need a member of Congress with a top NRA rating to block a gun safety bill, or someone to vote against it Roe v. calf. We need someone like Jessica,” Warren said Politico.

Sanders, meanwhile, said he was disappointed that the Democratic Party “worked alongside a corporate PAC to defeat a young woman who is a strong progressive … in support of the most reactionary Democrat in the US House of Representatives.” AOC goes to scorched earth in Dem Party leadership after far-left candidate failed to defeat incumbent

Laura Coffey

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