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AOC v. Pelosi: AOC Creates ‘Courage to Change’ PAC To Primary Democrats

AOC v. Pelosi: AOC Creates ‘Courage to Change’ PAC To Primary Democrats

“It’s time to elect a progressive majority in Congress accountable to strong, grassroots movements that push support for issues like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, racial justice, & more.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has not endeared herself to current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).  In fact, she seems intent on a showdown.  From protesting climate change outside Pelosi’s office to accusing Pelosi of racism, Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) seems to go out of her way to poke at and bait Pelosi and the entire Democrat establishment.

Her latest gesture of defiance is a whopper, one that Pelosi will have to address. If she dares. AOC has launched a PAC aimed at building a “progressive” (read: socialist/communist) majority in Congress.  Its goal includes primarying moderate Democrats in both the House and the Senate.

Pelosi—the face of the Democrat establishment—has repeatedly shrugged off both Medicare for All and the Green New Deal lunacy, and this PAC seems a clear shot across the Speaker’s bow.

NPR reports:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who gained an instant national profile when she toppled a top Democratic leader in 2018, has launched her own political action committee to boost challengers in 2020 congressional races.

The move shows the 30-year-old New York freshman’s intentions to continue battling with her party’s establishment.

Ocasio-Cortez unveiled the website for her group — dubbed “Courage to Change” — along with a slate of seven endorsements for female candidates who in some cases are competing against other Democrats backed by party campaign committees.

Although her latest project showcases her willingness to clash with her own leadership, Ocasio-Cortez’ name recognition and regular turns on national media outlets could help attract more money from people new to politics at a time when the 2020 presidential contest is the major focus for many regular party donors.

Her new group’s mission statement says it “seeks to reward challengers and incumbents who display political courage — people who refuse to bow to establishment pressure, who advocate ferociously for working-class families, and who have lived the same struggles as the people they seek to represent.”

The PAC seeks to “reward” those with the “political courage” to “refuse to bow to establishment pressure”?  Sounds like the ball is now firmly in Pelosi’s court. What will she do?

The DCCC is still unhappy that AOC has refused to pay her dues and has declined, according to NPR, to comment on her new PAC.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee declined to comment on the new PAC. House Democrats are encouraged to pay dues to help support their colleagues to the House Democrats’ campaign arm, but Ocasio-Cortez has not paid hers this election cycle.

The DCCC has boasted about its record-breaking fundraising this cycle — bringing in $125 million in 2019, a more than $20 million increase than it raised in 2017.

It’s unclear how much money the new progressive PAC will dole out — Rolling Stone reports so far it has raised $340,000 in the last month.

AOC is not shy about her contempt for establishment Democrats. In her announcement, she highlighted a DCCC decision intended to deter primary challenges by refusing to hire political vendors who work for Democrats challenging sitting Democrats.

The New York Post reports:

The first batch of endorsements are seven women who are running for House seats and one Senate seat, as first reported by The New York Times.

Samelys Lopez, a Bronx native and housing advocate who grew up in a homeless shelter, is among the initial candidates backed by AOC’s group. She’s running in a jam-packed field of over a dozen contenders for the Bronx’s 15th Congressional District, currently held by retiring longtime  Rep. Jose Serrano (D-Bronx).

“As a rebuff to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee who last year blacklisted organizations that provide support for insurgent campaigns, Courage to Change PAC has chosen Samelys Lopez, a Dominican and Puerto Rican housing justice advocate, to represent the South Bronx,” the political neophyte said in a press release.

It seems the Justice Democrats‘ plan to take over the Democratic Party is moving right along.

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legacyrepublican | February 22, 2020 at 8:27 pm

Proof payback really comes from a Bitch!

IRS needs to fully audit her campaign expenditures and personal income tax filings.
You just know that she’s squirreling away a bunch of money trying to become a millionaire like bernie.

I dunno why Pelosi doesn’t pull the trigger on AOC, Tliab and Omar and run them out on campaign finance, residency and ethics violations. Schiff and Nadler ought to be able to come up with the goods on them and get it done “slap dash” fast. Such would preempt anything the DOJ or IG might come up with and give the appearance of policing / disciplining their own while getting rid of a big problem for Pelosi and the more moderate D’s. Let AOC, Tliab and Omar’s communities name D replacements to finish out their terms and hopefully retain the seats as D next November.

Couldn’t make it any worse.

Nancy may be slightly advancing into her dotage, but she’s still as ruthless and vicious as she ever was in between her bouts of dementia. She has forgotten more than AOC has ever yet learned about political knife fights, and (IMO) is quietly getting things arranged into place. She will not hesitate to eviscerate AOC when the moment is ripe, and she is treacherous enough to know not to do it too early, before she is backed. She’ll let the election play out to see if it’s even an issue – but if AOC gets back in, she’ll be a sophomore now, and that’s fair game.

The beginning of the end of the democrat party, pelosi could supposedly slice an opponent’s jugular and they wouldn’t even know they were bleeding, but it looks more like aoc chopped nancy’s head off, (figurqtively speaking) she just doesn’t know it.

I’m trying to remember … when Pelosi was making deals to be Speaker at the beginning of 2019, didn’t she agree to step down .. but I can’t remember if it was in two years or in four years

Bimbo Eruption !!!

Where, oh where is Hilly?

Now that we really don’t need her.

If AOC wasn’t such an idiot, I’d enjoy watching her challenge Pelosi.

Pelosi, you fithy POS: you rode the wind, now you’re reaping the whirlwind. Unfortunately, we all have to suffer your damage and your corruption.

Hence, you being a filthy POS.

I Need to buy more popcorn.

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