Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), Ruth Papazian (R), Scherie Murray (R) Getty Images, Dennis A. Clark, Murray campaign
The fame and follies of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have now attracted no less than six 2020 challengers . . . in the GOP primary.
And it’s a highly diverse field that’s filed to seek the Republican line next year in the 14th District, which covers parts of Queens and The Bronx:
- Jamaican-born Scherie Murray, 38, founded her own TV production company. Her entry went viral after she told Fox News, “There is a crisis in Queens, and it is called AOC.”
- Rich Valdes, who has a WABC radio show (“Latinos for Liberty”), says “AOC stands for All Out Crazy.”
- John Cummings is a former cop who now teaches civics at a Catholic high school.
- Journalist Ruth Papazian, daughter of Armenian immigrants, is running to fight “the Green New Deal . . . and other half-baked policies that will increase unemployment in our district.”
- Miguel Hernandez is a construction contractor.
- Antoine Tucker is a young, black, tattooed businessman who says, “The media is not talking about all the great things Trump does,” and, “If black lives really mattered to Black Lives Matter they would be focused on the black-on-black crime that is destroying our communities.”
Pundits will say the 14th would never vote Republican — but, hey, what do a bunch of old white guys know? At the very least, AOC’s notoriety guarantees that a GOP challenger can raise good money nationwide (only fair, since most of her campaign cash came from out of the district).
Even if the Republican goes down in flames on Election Day, the campaign offers a breath of life to a city party that’s gone comatose if not outright embalmed.
The GOP is offering New York a fight that’s fun.