Election 2020

AOC's New Far-Left PAC Will Primary Dems Who Aren't Radical Enough

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, speaks during South by Southwest on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has never made peace with the less loony members of her party and now that she has her very own far-left PAC, she’s going to upset the establishment even further. AOC announced the formation of the “Courage to Change” PAC that will target open seats and Republicans in deep-red districts.

But two of her choices to receive PAC money are running against long-serving Democratic incumbents. This is sure to draw the ire of the Democratic leadership, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was at war with AOC for her threats to primary Democrats who didn’t measure up to her standard of radicalism.


“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,” she said.

Newman is trying to defeat Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski in Illinois’ primary. On Newman’s campaign website, she slams Lipiniski for voting against Obamacare and coverage for pre-existing conditions. Cisneros is trying to primary Democratic Rep. Henry Cueller in Texas and said on her website that Cueller is “Trump’s favorite Democrat.”

The other endorsed candidates are running either for open seats or to defeat Republicans in the general election.

I don’t think too many Republicans who are targeted by AOC’s new group are quaking in their boots.

Eastman is challenging Republican Rep. Don Bacon in Nebraska. Lopez is a community organizer who was born in Puerto Rico and is running in the Bronx. On Tzintzún Ramirez’s Senate campaign website, she makes clear that she doesn’t want donations from corporate PACs, lobbyists, corporations or other special interests. Gomez is also a community organizer and was the first LGBTQ Latina elected as president of San Diego’s city council.

Hardly the vanguard of the revolution.

There is nothing “progressive” about AOC’s radical socialist agenda. So why is she so shy? Why not boldly and proudly proclaim your allegiance to socialism instead of sneaking around the subject by trying to disguise it with weasel words like “progressive”?

AOC’s constant complaint is that Democrats aren’t bold enough in pushing a “progressive” agenda. They may be bold but they’re not suicidal. Claiming allegiance to socialism just about anywhere in the United States still gets you laughed out of a campaign. It’s a loser’s label and even in a liberal district, it would be an iffy proposition.

Every single one of those candidates is likely to be buried in November. But at least their hearts are in the right place.