For too long now, New York has been recognized as an overwhelmingly blue state. With their latest poster girl, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez being a complete disaster, however, a number of Republican contenders have arisen as strong challengers to the Democratic Congresswoman.
One of the would-be saviors of New York, John Cummings is a retired teacher and former NYPD Harbor Unit officer. In an interview with “Fox and Friends,” Wednesday, Cummings explained that while he had been encouraged by his students to run for some time, he had long considered it impossible to beat then-incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley.
“The present congresswoman, Ocasio-Cortez, obviously ruined that excuse for me,” he joked.
In 2018, Ocasio-Cortez’s GOP opponent, Anthony Pappas, only won 14 percent of the vote. Cummings said he understands that winning as a Republican in the overwhelmingly blue district will be an “uphill battle,” but he is confident he can pull it off.
“I think this transcends party, I think people are really interested in local representation and that’s something that we’ve seriously lacked in that district for a long time,” he said.
As a retired high school government teacher of 21 years, Cummings has said education will be a large focus of his campaign. The most notable of differences between him and the incumbent – he knows socialism doesn’t work.
“I despise socialism, I despise everything about it. For many years, the Democrats have flirted with socialism … and now they are almost knocking each other over to see who can grab the socialist ring first.”
“When you’re doing so in a climate where the economy is really chugging along, unemployment is low…everything seems to be moving in the right direction, and now you’re going to flip the script? I think it’s outrageous and I think people know that at the local level.”
Later in the interview, Cummings pitched the people of Queens and the Bronx:
“My message is I am you, I’ve lived and worked in that district my entire life. I shop where the people shop, I live where they live, I eat where they eat – I know where the good restaurants are, I sit on the Cross Bronx like everybody else, and that message resonates,” he said.
Cummings is the latest to announce a 2020 challenge to the Dem. He joins four other Republicans who have filed to run for the seat: Businesswoman Scherie Murray, medical journalist Ruth Papazian, construction contractor Miguel Hernandez and entrepreneur Antoine Tucker. The promising GOP primary will take place in June 2020.
In an interview with Fox News, Murray – a Jamaican immigrant and businesswoman – said “There is a crisis in Queens and it’s called AOC.”
“Instead of focusing on us, she’s focusing on being famous. Mainly rolling back progress and authoring the job-killing Green New Deal and killing the Amazon New York deal,” she said.
Murray echoes the sentiments of many Americans in saying this about AOC’s comments about President Trump’s tweets about her: “I think it’s disgusting, to be quite honest. I think we are missing the point of why we’re elected to public office: to legislate on policy, to deliver results to those kitchen table issues that are affecting everyday Americans.”
Democrats are in for it this upcoming election, as AOC has given renewed hope to strong Republican candidates looking to turn the state red.