(Liberty Bell) – It seems like just yesterday that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a bartender from New York, managed to beat incumbent Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley for the House seat that she now fills.
However, the hugely famous AOC, as she is now called, is up for re-election this November, and she doesn’t appear to be willing to take any chances.
Despite being a freshman Democrat in a safely progressive district with a huge national following and lots of Soros-linked money behind her, AOC has not only been spending millions on her reelection campaign, she’s spent more than any other House Democrat seeking re-election this year, The Hill reported over the weekend.
She has nearly 40 staffers on her campaign, which is more typical of a major Senate campaign.
In addition, no candidate has spent more on Facebook than Ocasio-Cortez’s $3.2 million in the past two years.
University of Connecticut political science professor Paul Herrnson said $6 million is “quite a bit for a person in a safe district to spend” and might indicate she has bigger plans.
“She has quickly emerged as a national leader,” Herrnson said. “Everything about her track record suggests she’s ambitious. Unlike most first-term members of Congress, she has national visibility and a national following.”
According to AOC’s campaign spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, the extravagant spending is really a sign that the congresswoman takes her challengers seriously.
Most noteworthy among them is former Republican and news anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who is being supported by three super PACs.
Stan Oklobdzija, a postdoctoral fellow at the Claremont McKenna College Policy Lab, pointed out that Ocasio-Cortez is not the only star member of Congress with strong digital advertising presences to spend large sums, even in safe districts. He cited Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, who has spent $3.5 million this cycle, despite being a freshman in a conservative Texas district.
Oklobdzija also stressed Ocasio-Cortez is part of a broader progressive movement and has thus endorsed and helped numerous other candidates.
Ocasio-Cortez has also been appointed by the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Joe Biden, to chair his climate change task force, Newsmax notes.
AOC quite famously (or infamously, depending on who you ask) championed the Green New Deal, which proposes completely dismantling the US energy sector, banning the combustion engine, providing free healthcare, universal basic income, and rebuilding every building in the United States.
She may have seemed like a flash in the pan when she was first elected, but this woman has serious money behind her and the support of the mainstream wing of the party.
She, and her bad ideas, aren’t going anywhere unless someone is willing to fight very hard to make sure she is not re-elected.
And she knows it.