New York has a significant number of Jewish voters, and most are Democrats.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.Y., has downplayed the chances of a successful primary run against New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer after she was filmed crying on the House floor after a vote to restore Israel. another $1 billion to be given. Its Iron Dome Missile Interception System.
Last week, Ocasio-Cortez was accused of shedding “crocodile tears” when she initially voted against Iron Dome funding and later revised her vote to “current.”
Last month, Ocasio-Cortez declined to rule out a primary challenge next year against Senate Majority Leader Schumer, while insisting the two of them are “working very closely.”
NS Jewish Telegraphic Agency, an international news agency and wire service that tracks Jewish voting patterns over time, noted that “the vast majority of New York City Jews — like all New Yorkers — are registered Democrats.” The agency also reported that in metropolitan New York “only 55 percent of Jews say they are Democratic and 31 percent of lean Republicans.”
Granthshala News contributor and political analyst Jessica Tarlov, who serves as senior director of research and consumer insights for Bustle Digital Group, says Ocasio-Cortez should be wary of “crossing off Jewish voters.”
“The AOC has proven itself to be an incredible amount of political savvy, but winning across the state is another beast,” said Tarlov, noting Ocasio-Cortez’s victory “in an election with an extremely low turnout, with an opponent, What was not even visible is “up for debate.”
Ocasio-Cortez defeated former Democratic caucus chair Joe Crowley, 10-term incumbent, in the 2018 midterm elections to serve in New York’s 14th Congressional District.
“The overall balancing of New Yorkers’ priorities means there is little room for anti-Israel policy, with Schumer even with the Trump administration moving the embassy to Jerusalem,” Tarlov said. “Crossing the Jewish electorate – and the lobby – is inappropriate.”
But Doug Schoen — a political surveyor, consultant and former adviser to Bill Clinton — insists that Ocasio-Cortez will never be very successful in attracting Jewish voters to the Empire State in a run against Schumer, who is Jewish.
“Most Jewish voters support Schumer, will stick with him, and will stick with him no matter what the AOC says or does,” Schoen said, noting that Ocasio-Cortez is considered “anti-Israel.” After his meltdown on the house floor, Shoen said it was “now confirmed”. [Ocasio-Cortez] is anti-Israel.”
AOC says he and Schumer are ‘working very closely’ but don’t rule out 2022 primary challenge
“He is very hostile to Israel and the Jews,” Schon said. “She will find virtually no support in the Jewish community, but if she does run she will be running without any hope of finding Jewish support.”
According to city and state new yorkThe Empire State is home to 1.75 million Jews, with an estimated 1.1 million located in five boroughs, the largest concentration of Jews in any state and far more than any country other than Israel.
Schoen, who is Jewish himself, said Ocasio-Cortez would not find his actions and tears “politically damaging, given his constituency and appeal”.
But “it doesn’t help,” Schoen concluded to Ocasio-Cortez’s tears, discussing whether it would hurt a potential Senate run.
Late last year, New York State Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs warned the AOC not to challenge Schumer in 2022, saying she would “absolutely” lose.
“I think it will be a primary driven by excessive ambition,” Jacobs said at the time.
Ocasio-Cortez apologized and attempted to explain her tears in a letter to her constituents, which was shared on Twitter.
“Yeah, I cried,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I cried at the complete lack of care for the human beings affected by these decisions, I cried at the institution choosing the path of maximum instability and minimal consideration for its political convenience.”