(FamilyRetirementClub.com) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has plans to go against the Democratic establishment again.
Through Courage to Change, her progressive political action committee, she plans to endorse more than 12 women who are running for spots in Congress. The committee’s mission is to help shift the Democratic Party toward a more progressive lean, and it’s been successful in doing so thus far, at least in terms of fundraising.
In January, she raised $1.4 million, with most of those donations going straight to the PAC. In addition, Ocasio-Cortez recently said she wouldn’t pay any dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a group that works to see Democrats get elected to the House of Representatives.
As to why, the 30-year-old representative from New York said: “It’s important for us to create mechanisms of support because so much of what is happening in Washington is driven by fear of loss. We can really create an ecosystem that makes people more comfortable into making the leap to make politically courageous choices.”
Among those who Ocasio-Cortez is endorsing is Teresa Fernandez down in New Mexico, Samelys Lopez from her home state of New York and Georgette Gomez out in California. All these women are running for seats that are open in traditionally Democratic districts.
The one endorsement that might ruffle some feathers among the Democratic establishment, though, is Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez. She is a labor organizer who is trying to beat out John Cornyn, a Republican Senator. However, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has already endorsed M.J. Hegar for that spot.
Ramirez fits the profile perfectly of who Ocasio-Cortez’s committee wants to support — “working class champions.” It seems she’s hoping to use her notoriety and rise to fame as a way to help reshape the party as a whole.
Ocasio-Cortez outlined her thoughts by the committee and what it will do in an interview with the New York Times, saying:
“One of our primary goals is to reward political courage in Congress and also to help elect a progressive majority in the House of Representatives. There’s kind of a dual nature to this: One is opening the door to newcomers, and the other is to reward members of Congress that are exhibiting very large amounts of political courage.”
Ocasio-Cortez has been an inspiration to many people like her throughout the country. She won a huge upset in the 2018 election of a congressman who had been in office for more than 20 years. Through her committee, she is carefully hand-picking which races to get involved in, seeking districts where she could make a difference by endorsing a candidate.
As she continued in her interview with the Times:
“Anyone can show up one day and say, ‘I support all these policies; that makes me a progressive.’ But one of the things that is really important to us is winning.”
Ocasio-Cortez has already ruffled some feathers within her own party, and has often been the butt of remarks from President Donald Trump, too. If she’s successful in ousting even more long-time Democrats, the party as a whole could be in for a rude awakening.