February 5, 2023
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week filed new paperwork that reveals her future political plans ahead of what is already expected to be a competitive 2024 election cycle.

The New York Democrat wants to represent her Bronx district again, filing paperwork to run for reelection and squelching — for now — rumors she was planning to primary Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer during the next election. For her part, though, AOC, as she is known, is not expected to have much GOP competition: She won her heavily blue district in November handily, beating Republican Tina Forte by a margin of 70.6 percent to 27.5 percent.

“Ocasio-Cortez became a congresswoman in 2018 following her upset defeat of Democratic incumbent Joseph Crowley in the district’s Democratic primary. She went on to win the district’s general election in 2018. While the progressive lawmaker supports progressive policies such as Medicare-for-all, she hasn’t been afraid of bucking President Biden to accomplish those goals. In October 2022, Ocasio-Cortez criticized Biden during an episode of “Pod Save America” for not including illegal immigrants in his pardon for people federally convicted of simple marijuana possession,” Fox News reported.

“I can at least say with Latino voters, we’ve never tried as a party. The Democratic Party has not tried in terms of Latino electorates. And, I mean, where’s our Dream Act, where is our immigration reform. And even recently with President Biden’s marijuana executive order, I very much applaud that he went there, but he exempted people who were convicted if they were convicted while they were undocumented,” she told the liberal podcast.

A report in December suggested she may be facing some serious legal trouble after she was referred to the House Ethics Committee earlier this month, though it isn’t clear whether she is about to face any charges.

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