Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez replaces Nancy Pelosi as Fox News and Republicans’ new boogeyman for 2020

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, left, and D-N.Y., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, walk down the House steps to take a group photograph of the House Democratic women members of the 116th Congress on the East Front Capitol Plaza on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, as the 116th Congress begins. Also pictured is Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., right. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Republicans have long used Nancy Pelosi as their boogeyman in their pitch to voters, but that did not work in 2018.
GOP lawmakers, political groups, and conservative media outlets are now focusing a considerable amount of time and resources on freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York to paint her as the “new leader of the Democratic Party.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s rapid rise and vocal personality makes her a prime target, according to Republican strategists.

WASHINGTON — For years, Republicans have had one boogeyman they repeatedly tried to tether Democratic opponents to: Nancy Pelosi. But the days of using the House Speaker as a campaign punching bag are over.

Republicans have found a fresh, new face they can paint as an existential threat to the United States as they attempt to take back their House majority, keep the Senate, and ensure President Donald Trump stays in the White House: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Since the freshman Democrat from New York broke onto the scene, she has been causing a ruckus in Washington. Republicans cannot get enough of her and are now using her as the new face of the opposition.

Read more: Republicans privately fret about the prospect of an election without Pelosi as the boogeyman

For nearly two decades, Republicans would work around the clock to ensure that their opponents, no matter their district or state, would be closely associated with the longtime House Democratic Leader from San Francisco.

But in 2018, when Republicans ramped up their Pelosi targeting operation like never before, it was a massive failure and Democrats took back the House in a wave election.

Now, Republicans have made a point of repeatedly hammering Ocasio-Cortez and tying her to the broader agenda put forth by Pelosi.

GOP political action groups like the National Republican Campaign Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have made a point of …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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