Debate: Have AOC's 'Crocodile Tears' Killed Her Chances To Become NY Senator?

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 01 October 2021 14:30
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has diminished the possibility of a successful primary run against New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer after she was recorded crying on the House floor after a vote to give another $1 billion to Israel to restore its Iron Dome missile interception system.

Last week, after she originally voted against the Iron Dome funding and later amended her vote to "present," Ocasio-Cortez was blamed for shedding "crocodile tears."

Last month, Ocasio-Cortez declined to rule out a primary challenge next year against Schumer, the Senate majority leader, while maintaining that the two of them have been "working very closely."

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, an international news agency and wire service which monitors Jewish voting patterns over time, explained that the "vast majority of New York City’s Jews — like all New Yorkers — are registered Democrats." The agency further reported that in metropolitan New York "only 55 percent of Jews say they lean Democratic and 31 percent lean Republican."

Jessica Tarlov, a Fox News contributor and political analyst who works as senior director of research and consumer insight for Bustle Digital Group, says Ocasio-Cortez has to be wary of "crossing Jewish voters."

"AOC has proven herself to possess an incredible amount of political savvy, but winning statewide is a whole other beast," Tarlov stated, remarking Ocasio-Cortez's victory "in an extremely low-turnout election with an opponent who didn’t even show up to debate."

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Ocasio-Cortez defeated former Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent, in the 2018 midterm elections to serve in New York's 14th Congressional District.

"Balancing the preferences of New Yorkers as a whole means that there is little room for anti-Israel policy at the very least, with Schumer even siding with the Trump administration on moving the embassy to Jerusalem," Tarlov continued. "Crossing Jewish voters – and the lobby – is inadvisable."

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Doug Schoen – a political pollster, consultant, and former adviser to Bill Clinton – maintains that Ocasio-Cortez would never be very prosperous at getting Jewish voters in the Empire State in a run against Schumer, who is Jewish.

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"The vast majority of Jewish voters support Schumer, will stay with him, and it really doesn't matter what AOC says or does," Schoen announced, noting that Ocasio-Cortez is "perceived as anti-Israel." Following her meltdown on the House floor, Schoen said it is "now confirmed [Ocasio-Cortez] is anti-Israel."

"She is very hostile to Israel and to Jews," Schoen continued. "She will get virtually no support in the Jewish community, but if she were to run she would be running without any expectation of getting Jewish support."

According to City & State New York, the Empire State is home to 1.75 million Jews, with an estimated 1.1 million located in the five boroughs, the largest concentration of Jews in any state and far more than in any country besides Israel.

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