Jumping from the frying pan into the fire might be the best way to describe Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-reaction Cortez’s to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to step down from the Democratic leadership.
Even if the relationship between the New York Democrat and Pelosi was never particularly pleasant, there was at least a polite distance between them. However, now that the Democrats will no longer hold a majority in the House, one of her political foes—a fellow New York representative named Hakeem Jeffries—could take her place.
According to Fox News, Jeffries declared his candidacy for House Democratic leader on Friday.
“Today, I write to humbly ask for your support for the position of House Democratic Leader as we once again prepare to meet the moment,” In a letter to House Democrats, Jeffries—who has served as a district representative in New York City since 2013—wrote.
“Our Caucus must unify with purpose, communicate with discipline, legislate with precision and partner with the Biden administration to vigorously address the continuing challenges impacting our constituents.”
No one has yet stepped up to oppose Jeffries, who has long been considered one of the favorites in the contest. AOC probably wished someone would, given her relationship with Jeffries in the past.
The far-left Justice Democrats, a progressive organization that attempts to unseat Democratic legislators it believes are not sufficiently radical, have long targeted Jeffries. The most prominent member of the group is Ocasio-Cortez, who actually won the position by defeating Rep. Joe Crowley in a primary.
However, Jeffries and the party’s more moderate wing benefited from that decision; Jeffries entered the 2018 race for the position of House Democratic Caucus chair, which was held by Crowley, and narrowly defeated leftist idol Rep. Barbara Lee of California.
Furthermore, according to Politico at the time, “those allegedly involved” have dismissed the allegation that a donation to Ocasio-Cortez was used in a whisper campaign against Lee, an ally of AOC, “a complete falsehood.”
However, in the 2018 heyday of the Justice Democrats, when the party routinely ousted merely liberals and replaced them with young, far-left candidates, that was sufficient for AOC to think about defeating Jeffries.
“It’s personal for Ocasio,” a source claimed. And she’ll exert every effort to eliminate him.
According to Politico, “Jeffries has sparked the ire of Justice Democrats for several reasons. The group feels Jeffries takes too much money from corporate interests, a key litmus test, and is overly friendly with banking and pro-charter school interests.”
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However, the challenge never really materialized. According to Ballotpedia, Jeffries ran unopposed in the 2020 primary and a 2022 primary challenger — Queen Johnson, described by East New York as a candidate whose “campaign platform mirrors the positions espoused by the Democratic Socialists of America and the national Justice Democrats” — garnered a pathetic 12.5 percent of the vote against Jeffries’ 86.9 percent.
Not only that, but Jeffries used his position as House Democratic Caucus chair to use campaign money to fight Justice Democrat primary challenges to incumbents. CONTINUE READING…