There’s currently widespread speculation that there’s a chance that firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) will mount a primary challenge against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in the 2022 election.
According to the New York Post, the 31-year-old lawmaker was recently essentially ordered to stand down by the head of New York’s Democratic party, Jay Jacobs, who argued that there’s really no need for Ocasio-Cortez to wage that kind of battle.
“I think it would be a primary driven by ambition more than by need,” Jacobs said. “She has a constituency that admires her and supports her, and they’re in her community, and I think it would be a loss for them if she were to do that.”
Contrary to what many believe, Jacobs would handily beat her in a Senate primary, according to Jacobs. President Donald Trump and some others have said otherwise, claiming that Ocasio-Cortez would take out the 70-year-old Democrat without much of an issue.
Though speculation has raged for months over her ambition to make a move to the upper chamber, she hasn’t done much — if anything — to douse those rumors. When recently asked about the possibility that she would primary Schumer in 2022, she simply responded, “I don’t’ know.”
The young lawmaker even told Vanity Fair in October that she’s unsure of her future in House politics. “I don’t know if I’m really going to be staying in the House forever,” she said, raising questions as to what her political future holds.
“I don’t want to aspire to a quote-unquote higher position just for the sake of that title or just for the sake of having a different or higher position. I truly make an assessment to see if I can be more effective,” Ocasio-Cortez told Vanity Fair.
While the country will have to wait a few years to see if she really goes through with it, one thing is clear: Young, radical progressive lawmakers have already made their mark on Capitol Hill and it appears as if they have no plans on stopping that progress.