AOC blasts NY Democrat Party leadership after critical GOP wins blowup Dem supermajority

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is again demanding that the chair of New York’s Democrat Party find a new line of work after a red wave found its way into the blue state.

“NYS Dem party leadership, which was gutted under Cuomo, stuffed with lobbyists, works to boost GOP, and failed to pass a basic state ballot measure to protect NY redistricting, must be accountable. I called for Jay Jacob’s resignation a year ago and I still hold that position,” she provocatively wrote on Twitter as part of a thread.

Buoyed by the strong performance of high-energy Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin, “GOP candidates had won at least 10 critical New York House races as of Wednesday – putting the Democratic stronghold in a position to help Republicans retake control of Congress. And Republicans also helped disband the New York Democrats’ supermajority in the state Senate.,” the New York Post reported on Wednesday.

AOC went on to complain that “After leading the party to a catastrophic ballot measure loss that would’ve saved Dem House seats, the party chair (Jacobs) compared a Black woman Dem nominee to the KKK. He was protected. Last night’s underperformance is a consequence of that decision.”

The lawmaker was apparently referring to several ballot measures rejected by New York voters last year. One pertained to the redistricting process and the others would have allowed same-day voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting.

Ocasio-Cortez is also still apparently upset over Jacobs’s prior comments after self-described Democratic Socialist India Walton defeated incumbent Buffalo, N.Y., Mayor Byron Brown last year in the Democrat primary.

“Jacobs then went a step further and said that just because a candidate wins a primary does not mean the party has to endorse them, giving a hypothetical example of if former KKK leader David Duke were to win a primary in New York,” NY1 reported in October 2021.

Jacobs subsequently apologized for the analogy. Brown managed to win the general election as a write-in candidate with nearly 60 percent of the vote.

In case anyone was still wondering about her opinion of party leadership, Ocasio-Cortez added that “Last night’s NY underperformance is a testament to years of prioritizing calcified machine politics and favoring over performance, strategy, & organizing. To win from here, Jacobs must go and we must recenter the party to better value community leadership and small-d democracy.”

Despite her progressive posturing, Ocasio-Cortez is the social media savvy, but ultimately a go-along-to-get-along, politician Fox News host Tucker Carlson nicknamed her “Sandy from Westchester.” This is apparently a way to call attention to the upscale suburban neighborhood where she actually grew up in contrast to the working-class Bronx-area district that she represents, or claims to.

Back in December 2020, Jacobs indirectly warned the ambitious Ocasio-Cortez against wasting her time primarying U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. According to Jacobs, “Chuck Schumer has been a progressive force in the state for decades. She has a constituency that admires her and supports her, and they’re in her community, and I think it would be a loss for them if she were to do that.”

Schumer, 71, was reelected on Tuesday, as was AOC.

Now 33, Ocasio-Cortez has a long political career ahead, if that’s what she wants, which could include running for the Senate seat in 2028, regardless of whether Schumer intends to extend his political career.

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