Fed Up Constituent Announces 2020 Bid Against Ocasio-Cortez, Blasts 'Job Killing' Agenda
A Republican from the East Bronx who said she is fed up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) spoke exclusively to Martha MacCallum about her new 2020 campaign to unseat the democratic socialist.
MacCallum said that Ocasio-Cortez' successful bid to keep Amazon out of the New York City borough of Queens was the last straw for medical magazine writer Ruth Papazian.
Papazian, a lifelong Bronxite and daughter of Egyptian immigrants, said that if Ocasio-Cortez was set on "fighting to keep Amazon out of Queens, she should've been fighting to bring Amazon to the Bronx."
Papazian said Ocasio-Cortez "parachuted" into Rep. Carolyn Maloney's (D-N.Y.) neighboring Congressional district and succeeded in killing the Amazon deal in Long Island City, Queens.
She said that Ocasio-Cortez, who is also from the Bronx, should know how important the borough's warehousing industry is to working-class people in her district.
"What about all those construction jobs that went bye-bye?" Papazian asked. "She wants to defund ICE, open the border to all comers, and unionized Americans now need to compete with illegal aliens for construction jobs."
Papazian called the Green New Deal a "jobs killer" and said that she is ready to take on Ocasio-Cortez in the 2020 election, despite a large deficit in the number of Republican-to-Democratic voters in the district.
She told MacCallum that although Republicans are widely outnumbered and out-represented -- there are no Congressional Republicans in the Bronx, and Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is a Democrat -- she believes she has a chance to beat the 29-year-old former bartender.
Papazian said that there are a large number of "Reagan Democrats" in her part of the Bronx and Queens, voter turnout is low in the borough and that many Republicans "secretly" register as Democrats.
She added that, of Donald Trump's small cache of Bronx Republican votes in the 2016 election, most came from her home district, which includes City Island, East Tremont and Westchester Square.
The New York Post spoke to several members of the community about Papazian, including a man from the Throggs Neck neighborhood who said that he would vote for Papazian over Ocasio-Cortez even if he did not know the challenger's name.
Papazian is also the administrator of a Facebook page devoted to criticizing Ocasio-Cortez, called the Bronx Bolshevik Bulletin, according to the Daily News.
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