Former Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), who lost his seat to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), said Saturday that the 29-year-old congresswoman is the lawmaker “most vulnerable” to defeat in 2020.
New polling data suggest Crowley’s prediction is correct. The data, released by an anti-Ocasio-Cortez political action committee, revealed that Ocasio-Cortez is not well-liked in her home district — nor does everyone even know who she is.
What are the details?
According to the Daily Caller, the on-the-ground data suggest that Ocasio-Cortez has an “Amazon-sized” problem in New York’s 14th congressional district, despite enjoying national fame.
Data collected by the Stop AOC PAC earlier this month found that only 20 percent of the district view Ocasio-Cortez favorably, while more than double that — 44 percent — view her unfavorably.
A whopping 36 percent even said they are not familiar with millennial lawmaker.
Dan Backer, the Washington, D.C., attorney who founded the Stop AOC PAC, told the Daily Caller that Ocasio-Cortez’s staunch opposition to Amazon building its second headquarters in New York City has made her extremely vulnerable, and therefore a primary target for challengers in 2020.
“We saw that the district is for the Green New Deal and some of her other policies,” Backer said. “But they’re wildly opposed to her with regard to Amazon, the reality of the jobs and the opportunities that she cost them. She screwed over the local economy in a big way, and screwed over her voters.”
“I think she’s very beatable,” he explained. “Her district — they don’t know her, they don’t like her, they don’t trust her. As long as we give voters the choice, they’re choosing to turn away from her.”
Will Crowley challenge Ocasio-Cortez?
While Crowley was next-in-line to lead the Democratic Party in the House, the longtime lawmaker told Fox News Saturday that he has no current plans to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in 2020.