Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., argued that ‘Brigade’ member Representative Ilhan Omar faces a major competitive challenge because she is ‘damn effective’ against the interests of big investors .
The first-year Minnesota Democrat faces a major challenge from Antone Melton-Meaux, a black lawyer from Minneapolis who calls himself a “progressive Democrat for life.” Melton-Meaux nearly doubled Omar in campaign funding, bringing in $ 2 million in his campaign coffers at the end of June, compared to Omar’s $ 1.1 million in cash.
During a “day of action” broadcast live on Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez admitted that it was unusual to have such a well-funded primary in a heavily blue neighborhood like Omar’s.
She said funders “generally like to get their money’s worth” and generally contribute to races that have a chance to tip a seat from party to party.
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“So when we’re the ones attracting multi-million dollar primary challengers in an unprecedented way, that just tells you how effective Ilhan is,” she said.
“It shows you how extremely effective it is against big real estate, against our military industrial complex, against our Wall Street complex, against virtually every corrupt institution that we have in this country right now.
“And they come for each of us.”
Ocasio-Cortez said it wasn’t “an accident” that she, Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., All had primary opponents. “Because when you tell the truth to power, the power fights back.”
Ocasio-Cortez dismissed a well-funded centrist opponent in June.
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“And it’s no coincidence that these main challengers that have emerged are funded by Wall Street and black money. So, this is really one of those big moments, like ‘pick your fighter’. For example, are you going – do you really think that a lobbying operation backed by Wall Street, you know, is really going to be the best for us, or are we going to support grassroots, backed candidates? by people? she continued.
Ocasio-Cortez said there was a lot of “wriggling in Washington right now,” and not a lot of political courage.
“This is why it is so important that we have people like Ilhan who anchor our Congress around a moral center accountable to ordinary people, and not lobbyists or companies looking to make money from our property.” public, thanks to our public institutions. ”
Omar was elected to Congress and 2018 and has been one of the most controversial and open figures in the radical left-wing freshman women’s group known as the “Squad.”
But while her polarizing remarks on topics such as Israel and police reform have garnered applause from left-wing activists and media across the country, at home, it complicates her candidacy for re-election.
Melton-Meux vowed to “focus on the 5” and accused Omar of missing votes and not representing her constituency – noting that she did not support the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement, who was supported by the rest of the Congress delegation.
“The hard truth is that the congressman has one of the worst voter turnout records in the United States House in 2019, she missed 40 votes. It’s just the truth, ”he said in a debate on Friday. “And these are important votes for residents. It has silenced us on these issues, it has frankly deprived us of our rights on these issues. And when she votes, she does not vote according to the values of this district.
Omar responded by citing achievements, including legislation to hold Brunei accountable and bipartite legislation to address human trafficking in Libya.
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“I’m running not only in the District, but in Congress to fight for us for our progressive values, and that’s the consistency in which I do my job,” she said.
Fox News’s Adam Shaw contributed to this report.