Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a disaster for New York and the United States as a whole. Her hateful rhetoric against the men and women of ICE directly led to an attack on an ICE detention center in Washington, and her hairbrained policies such as the Green New Deal would lead to the collapse of our country if ever enacted.
It’s no surprise, then, that many voters (and Democrat ones at that) have been quick to rally behind Scherie Murray – the woman who is looking to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in the 2020 election.
Scherie Murray has all of the qualities to present a real challenge to Ocasio-Cortez. She’s a black female immigrant, which automatically takes all of Ocasio-Cortez’s identity politics cards off of the table. Unfortunately, when it comes to policy, Murray shares more in common with Ocasio-Cortez than she does the GOP.
To start, Scherie Murray has admitted to the New York Post that she voted for Barrack Obama twice – once in 2008 and again in 2012. While Murray claims that her politics have changed since then, the evidence seems to suggest otherwise.
In fact, Murray even sent out a congratulatory tweet when Ocasio-Cortez defeated Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley, saying, “Congratulations Alexandria. #Queens is headed in a new direction and It’s time for new leadership. #Yes.”
According to what Murray has said in her numerous interviews since announcing her intention to challenge Ocasio-Cortez as a Republican, it isn’t Ocasio-Cortez’s policies that she has an issue with but rather Ocasio-Cortez herself.
Murray claims that she was “hopeful” when Ocasio-Cortez won, but was later disappointed by Ocasio-Cortez’s focus on promoting her own fame rather than enacting her policies. In a tweet that she recently published, Murray said, “She [AOC] took on a Democratic political machine & won. But nothing has changed since. Why? Bc she’s only been focused on fame & politics of division & hate. We deserve & expected better. That’s why I’m running.”
What exactly, though, was Murray hopeful about? “Hopeful” isn’t how any true conservative should feel about an open socialist being elected to Congress. By Murray’s own words, it sounds like she would have been in full support of Ocasio-Cortez had she been able to deliver on her socialist promises rather than being distracted by the spotlight. That certainly doesn’t sound like a better replacement for AOC.
In her interview with Sean Hannity, Murray didn’t do much to put these concerns about her true alliances to rest. After being asked to describe her political stance and asked to give her opinion on President Trump, Murray dodged both questions, saying, “Well, I migrated here from Jamaica. And I know firsthand what it is to not just be an immigrant but to go through the process, right? And so what do I think about what the President is doing? I think that the President is delivering on his promises when he got elected.”
This nonanswer fails to explain Murray’s political position and fails to explain whether or not she supports the President. In fact, Murray hasn’t really offered an answer to either of these questions at all since announcing her intention to run. Perhaps she will explain her policies a little better down the road, and perhaps they will be more palatable for conservative voters than her current words and actions suggest.
For now, though, Murray certainly seems to have more in common with the socialist that she is running against than she does with the party she is running for.
Will Scherie Murray be an improvement over Ocasio-Cortez if she is elected to Congress? Probably. After all, the bar has been set pretty low – so low that conservatives are jumping at the chance to support Murray without digging into her actual views and policies.
The fact still remains, though, that Murray is shaping up to be yet another RINO (Republican in name only) if she is elected. Voting for the lesser of two evils might be a legitimate reason to support Scherie Murray. Beyond that, though, Murray certainly hasn’t given conservatives very many reasons to be hopeful.