My kingdom for 15 signatures!
Much like Hillary Clinton blowing-off hard-core campaigning in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, etc. during the 2016 presidential race, maybe Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should have spent a bit more time in New York’s 14th Congressional District instead of hobnobbing on late-night TV shows.
As Sleepy Joe Biden would say, “Here’s the deal, man”, turns out that AOC is seeing a very serious challenge to win the 2020 Democrat congressional primary from newcomer Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.
So serious is the challenge from Caruso-Cabrera that she is asking for campaign contributions on conservative Facebook Groups. From how often her FB ads keep popping up on the same conservative sites, she’s assumedly succeeding raking in some serious coin.
But one way AOC could ensure she’s on the ballot, even if she does lose the Democrat primary to MCC, would be that she could always fall back on being the candidate for the uber-leftist Working Families Party.
When I say “uber-leftist”, I’m not joking. Suffice it to say they make Barry Goldwater look like Bernie Sanders.
Anyhow, as reported by Emily Zanotti of the DailyWire.com, all Team AOC had to do is get 15 signatures from registered voters belonging to the Working Families Party. Hilariously, Ocasio-Cortez couldn’t even ensure that her minions successfully completed that amazingly simple task.
As noted by reporter Zanotti;
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) may have unintentionally handicapped her own re-election campaign after failing to get the necessary 15 signatures to place her name on the November ballot in New York under the “progressive union-backed Working Families Party (WFP)” per Fox News.
Ocasio-Cortez wanted her name placed on the ballot under the WFP apparently as a way of ensuring that she remains a choice for voters in November, even if she doesn’t make it through the Democratic primary for her Congressional district. She’s currently facing a tough primary challenge from Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, another Democrat with local ties to the Bronx, who has pledged to spend more time working with Ocasio-Cortez’s constituents and less time seeking national prominence.
“The Working Families Party is an independent political party that cross-endorses progressive candidates through New York’s fusion voting system — which allows endorsement across ballot lines — to press Democrats to the left and extract concessions without being dismissed by voters as a spoiler,” Fox News reported.
New York greatly scaled back the number of signatures candidates need to get on the state ballot in order to avoid candidates and their campaigns going door-to-door and potentially spreading the novel coronavirus. The state announced that just 14.5 signatures (functionally, 15 signatures) are necessary to earn a spot on a ballot line.
Ocasio-Cortez turned in “only 13 signatures from members of the progressive group that has dubbed itself the ‘Tea Party of the left’ — two short of what she needed to get on the ballot.”