The just-announced news hitting the airwaves is that a viable Republican candidate has just entered the ring to challenge the seat currently held by Democratic/Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Scherie Murray, a New York businesswoman who emigrated from Jamaica as a child, on Wednesday launched her campaign to unseat the 29-year old ex-barmaid in 2020.
According to Fox News, the 38-year old is active in state Republican politics confirmed her intention in a phone interview to run for the New York congressional seat as a Republican.
“There is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC,” Murray told Fox News. “And instead of focusing on us, she’s focusing on being famous. Mainly rolling back progress and authoring the job-killing Green New Deal and killing the Amazon New York deal.”
Murray a mother of a young child, was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States when she was just 9-years old, tweeted out a message for AOC’s disgruntled constituents.
“There is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC.”
— Scherie Murray
Adding, “Your representative in Washington chooses self-promotion over service, conflict over constituents, resistance over assistance,” Murray said in the video. “Queens and the Bronx needs someone who will create jobs instead of turning them away.”
Asked about Ocasio-Cortez’s brand of Democratic/Socialism, Murray said, “I think it’s far, far to the left and it is not connecting with everyday Americans.”
When asked about AOC’s radical ideas regarding “Medicare-for-all,” Murray replied, “Medicare-for-all, I think a lot of people are happy with their current health insurance.” Murray was then asked about AOC’s brainchild, her Green New Deal, which AOC claimed would address the issue of climate change. Murray’s response, “We know that it certainly will kill jobs.”
Murray isn’t alone in challenging the brash progressive and polarizing first-term lawmaker. She joins four other qualified Republicans who have filed to run for the seat.
They are; John Cummings, a former police officer, Miguel Hernandez, a construction contractor, Antoine Tucker, an entrepreneur and Ruth Papazian, a medical journalist.
However Murray because of her pedigree seems to have the best shot for a Republican, in what is a heavily Democratic stronghold.
In that regardless of which candidate emerge victories within the Republican primary, they’ll face a steep uphill battle. Although there is a silver-lining concerning AOL’s growing persona among her constituents, who are beginning to view her as a national celebrity rather than as a lawmaker who can actually get things done for those residing within New York’s 14th Congressional District, in that all politics is local, especially if you rarely visit the district you represent.
That’s a powerful message for someone like Murray, who grew up in Southeast Queens and worked for the city’s Jamaica Bus Depot as a teenager. Moreover being “a women-of-color” and an immigrant is a positive talking point within this Bronx enclave.
Furthermore unlike the former barmaid turned politician, Murray is well versed in the legislative process, as a former state committeewoman of the New York State Republican Party, she can immediately hit the ground running
She also has an impressive background as a businesswoman and entrepreneur having created in 2004, television production and advertising company called The Esemel Group, which generated employment opportunities for minorities in New York City.
Murray’s new campaign video, which doesn’t mention President Trump or the Republican Party, portrays her as a bridge-builder.
Perhaps taking a swipe at those four Democratic freshmen known as the “squad” Murray summed up why individuals run for office stating, “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.”
Judging by the latest Democratic internal polls Murray’s analogy seems to be accurate, considering her potential rival for 2020, is polling at just 22% approval