While some say that New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the future of the Democrat Party and could be a future Senator or NYC mayor it seems her Twitter following doesn’t really translate to the voters. There’s no question that AOC is one of the loudest and culturally most well known figures in her party however trying to nail down her actual influence on policy is the real test.
AOC endorsed far-left, anti-police candidates Maya Wiley and ranked Scott Stringer in the NYC mayoral primaries and both candidates failed spectacularly. Then she endorsed Kathryn Garcia who faced off against former NYPD police officer Eric Adams. Again, AOC underestimated what voters want in a candidate and bet on the wrong horse.
According to Fox News:
About a year and a half ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made headlines after she downplayed election wins for Democrats in solidly Democrat districts, including her own.
She also mentioned Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and said a “glass of water” with a “D” next to it could win.
“[S]he’s a wonderful member of Congress as I think all of our colleagues will attest. But those are districts that are solidly Democratic,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said at the time.
While Ocasio-Cortez remains wildly popular in her district, the mayoral race indicates that her influence may not extend far beyond that. Her congressional district is located in areas of the Bronx and Queens. According to a map of unofficial results from the first round of voting published by Gothamist, the Bronx overwhelmingly supported Adams, and while Wiley fared better in Queens her support was largely limited to the western part of the borough while the rest was mainly split among Adams, Garcia and Andrew Yang.
Is this an indication that AOC’s time in the spotlight is finally coming to an end? We will have to wait and see.