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  • Jamaican-American Immigrant Republican Prepped to Challenge AOC in 2020

    Surge Summary: Republican Scherie Murray is ready to challenge Alexandria Ocasio Cortez for her New York congressional seat in 2020.

    A Jamaican Immigrant who is also a New York businesswoman active in state Republican politics is stepping forward as challenger to Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Fox News has learned.

    In a phone interview, Murray, 38, confirmed her intention to run for the New York congressional seat as a Republican.

    “There is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC,” Scherie Murray, the thirty-eight-year-old candidate/entrepreneur told Fox News.

    “And 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.”

    Murray, who moved to the United States from Jamaica when she was nine, formally launched her campaign one week ago, releasing a video that takes swipes at the current Queens office holder.

    “Your representative in Washington chooses self-promotion over service, conflict over constituents, resistance over assistance,” Murray said in the video. “Queens and the Bronx needs someone who will create jobs instead of turning them away.”

    What does Murray think about Ocasio-Cortez’s brand of Democratic socialism? “[I]t’s far, far to the left and it is not connecting with everyday Americans,” she commented.

    Ocasio-Cortez’s support for Medicare-for-all?

    “Medicare-for-all, I think a lot of people are happy with their current health insurance.”

    The “Green New Deal”?: “We know that it certainly will kill jobs.”

    Point of fact, Murray joins four other Republicans who presently are on-the-record gunning for the seat. They include:

    former police officer John Cummings, medical journalist Ruth Papazian, construction contractor Miguel Hernandez and entrepreneur Antoine Tucker.

    No Democratic primary rivals to AOC have come forward.

    Whichever Republican horse remains standing when the smoke of the primary season clears June 20th, he/she will, no doubt, face a daunting challenge competing in Ocasio-Cortez’s prohibitively overwhelming Democratic district.

    Murray, who grew up in Southeast Queens and worked for the city’s Jamaica Bus Depot as a teenager, founded a television production and advertising company called The Esemel Group in 2004. She said her business generated employment for minorities in New York City. She said she no longer works for the company and is now a full-time mother.

    Murray and others are looking to paint Ocasio-Cortez as more of a celebrity than a lawmaker, while stressing their ability to work across party lines.

    Murray’s new campaign video, which doesn’t mention President Trump or the Republican Party, portrays Murray as a bridge-builder. She is a former state committeewoman of the New York State Republican Party.

    Murray has said she considers herself a Trump supporter and is talking with the GOP national party about her campaign. These communications apparently include South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, a prominent African-American Republican congressman.

    She expressed disgust over the recent spat between Trump and Ocasio-Cortez and her allies. Trump has taken heat for telling Ocasio-Cortez and other minority progressives to “go back” to where they came from – provoking accusations from Democrats that Trump’s comments are racist.

    “I think it’s disgusting, to be quite honest,” Murray said of the controversy, without specifying which part of it disgusts her. “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.”

    She later clarified her thoughts on the back-and-forth, saying of Trump’s tweet, “Is that how I would have worded it? No. Do I think the president is a racist? No.” She added, “But I want to get back to the core of why we’re even talking about this – there is a crisis at our border.”

    Snagging a win in the general election in New York’s liberal 14th congressional district would be a long shot for any Republican:  Ocasio-Cortez’s 2018, GOP opponent, Anthony Pappas, came away with a meager fourteen percent of the vote.

    Still, Murray remains unbowed, insisting she could win because of dissatisfaction with Ocasio-Cortez.

    “A Republican can win the district,” she said. “There is an absolute path to victory when you look at a general election campaign.”

    Speaking frankly, on her side in the political and cultural climate of 2019, is that she’s a minority – technically a Jamaican-, not African-, American, but voters who factor in that kind of thing will probably consider it close enough. Obviously, she’s a woman and an immigrant woman, at that. All this can’t but help her against AOC.

    What’s her fulminating Progressive opponent going to do – call her an anti-immigrant, anti-female racist?

    Plus, as Murray has mentioned, there’s Ocasio-Cortez’s general awfulness – can’t forget about that.

    Image: Screen Shot; “Bridges” | Scherie Murray for Congress; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6geoLhv8LM


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