Fox News reported that a new challenger has entered the ring in an attempt to unseat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the 2020 election cycle.
Scherie Murray is a businesswoman from New York that just became the third Republican challenger to enter into the race for Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s district on Wednesday.
Scherie Murray immigrated to America from Jamaica at the age of nine and grew up in Queens. She announced her intention to run with a video taking shots at the self-described democratic socialist, pointing to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s efforts in turning away tech giant Amazon from her district.
“Your representative in Washington chooses self-promotion over service, conflict over constituents, resistance over assistance,” Murray said in her campaign video. “Queens and the Bronx needs someone who will create jobs instead of turning them away.”
Fox News confirmed Scherie Murray’s campaign launch in a phone interview, with the challenger telling them that “there is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC.”
“And instead of focusing on us, she’s focusing on being famous,” Murray told Fox News. “Mainly rolling back progress and authoring the job-killing Green New Deal and killing the Amazon-New York deal.”
She also pushed back on key legislative ideas backed by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, stating that “a lot of people are happy with their current health insurance” when asked about “Medicare-for-All” and bashing the New York Democrat’s Green New Deal nonbinding resolution.
“We know that it certainly will kill jobs,” the Republican candidate said about the Green New Deal.
She also torched AOC’s brand of democratic socialism as being “far, far to the left” and said that her policies are “not connecting with everyday Americans.”
When asked if she supports President Trump, Scherie Murray stated that she does but found his controversial spat with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive minority members of Congress “disgusting.”
“I think it’s disgusting, to be quite honest,” said the New York Republican candidate. “I think we are missing the point of why we’re elected to public office: to legislate on policy, to deliver results to those kitchen table issues that are affecting everyday Americans.”
She went on and said that she doesn’t believe President Trump to be a “racist” but that she would not have “worded” his recent tweets the way he did.
“Is that how I would have worded it? No. Do I think the president is a racist? No,” she said. “But I want to get back to the core of why we’re even talking about this – there is a crisis at our border.”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez made headlines last election cycle when she unseated 20-year congressional veteran former Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary election for her district.