Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.N.Y.) has offered to help people with similar political views run for office “everywhere” in local elections.
The progressive Congressman in a tweet on Wednesday hailed his courage to change the PAC. Ocasio-Cortez launched PAC in 2020 and has since used it to promote candidates across the country, with mixed results. He tweeted about it on Wednesday as part of a push for potential candidates to fill out a questionnaire before the April 1 deadline.
“Are you looking to run/run in a local election (ex: council race) to help make things better?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “I want to help – especially in tackling our housing crisis. We need people walking everywhere. Check out our @CouragetoChange support page to learn more. Good luck!”
Potential candidates who fill out the questionnaire will need to “commit to policy pledges in eleven different areas” to be accepted by Ocasio-Cortez’s PAC. Essential commitments include supporting the Green New Deal, “expanding union power everywhere,” supporting Medicare for All, and “making housing sustainable, inclusive, and widely available.”
“The Courage to Change distinction seeks to identify candidates who are truly committed to social, economic and racial justice—rather than candidates who will superficially claim the progressive mantra,” says Courage to Change Website,
Although Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about an “approval page” and the PAC site mentions “approvers” who “embody the ideals of racial, social, economic and environmental justice,” a disclaimer that states that the “policy The Courage to Change Pledge should not be discriminatory, including “considered endorsement from Representative Ocasio-Cortez when honored”.
The PAC bills itself as an “answer” to “corporate interests, elite donors, and insular party power structures, discouraging many potential leaders from running for office. It also states that “local, The distinction is available for candidates running for “state and federal” office.
Ocasio-Cortez’s focus on recruiting only local candidates is likely by design. Several vulnerable Democrats, who hold national offices in swing states, declined donations from their PACs early last year out of fear that the contributions would be used to attack ads by Republican rivals, according to Politico.
The new PAC contribution to Democrats facing credible Republican challengers disappeared in the months following the Politico report, according To Independent,
Ocasio-Cortez’s fiery rhetoric, as well as his membership of the Democratic Socialists of America, have helped secure his position as a favorite target of Republicans and conservatives.
Ocasio-Cortez, 32, is currently recovering from a bout of COVID-19. She was diagnosed shortly after returning from a trip to Florida, where she was heavily criticized by conservatives for alleged hypocrisy in not wearing a mask outside.
newsweek reached out to Ocasio-Cortez’s office for comment.