Nothing is off the table. Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has not ruled out the idea of making a run for Senate in the future, the very seat currently held by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The progressive “Squad” member was asked if she believed Schumer is doing a good job in his role. Ocasio-Cortex was hesitant to review Schumer’s work but had no problem pointing blame towards President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Fox News reports:
“It’s a hard thing to say, too. We’ve had to deal with a fascist president and Mitch McConnell,” she told Punchbowl News. “There are things you can do in the minority. There are also things you couldn’t do with this minority because Senate rules changed.”
“I like to think of myself as a good-faith actor and not make unfair critiques. But I do wonder,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.
Ocasio-Cortez may be a star on social media, but her political power is still limited. In December, the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee voted to seat Rep. Kathleen Rice on a coveted committee over Ocasio-Cortez, her New York colleague, in the latest example of House Democrats bucking the firebrand who represents the Bronx and Queens.
This is not the first time that Ocasio-Cortez has declined to rule out interest in Schumer’s seat. In April, when asked if she’d rule out a run against the most powerful Democrat in the U.S. Senate in 2022, she replied: “I don’t know.”
What do you think AOC will do in the future? Stay in her current place or make a major power grab? One sounds much more likely for the Democrat.