WASHINGTON: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being challenged by more than the President. Challengers for her seat are lining up to unseat her in 2020. WITH New York businesswoman Scherie Murray becoming the latest Republican challenger to enter into the race for Ocasio-Cortez’s 14th District in NY,AOC might want to start worrying.
“There is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC,” Murray told Fox News. “And instead of focusing on us, she’s focusing on being famous. Mainly rolling back progress and authoring the job-killing Green New Deal and killing the Amazon New York deal.”
Murray was born in Jamaica moving to the United States when she was 9. Her campaign’s introductory video takes direct and sharp jabs at the 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez.
The differences between Murray and Ocasio-Cortez and her “Squad” are striking. And they offer the people of the 14th District in NYC a serious choice:
- Like Ilhan Omar, she is an immigrant. From Jamaica. Coming to the US at the age of nine
- She received her advanced education at a city university
- She believes in bridges not verbal bombs to build her constituency
- She worked as an intern for the NYC MTA Jamaica Bus Depot
- Created her own business, The Esemel Group, working with other immigrants, minorities and even “white” people to do the same
- She listens, and she smiles. A beautiful smile.
She says you deserve someone fighting for you, not fighting for the limelight.
Her platform includes:
A Focus On Job Creation as a Member of Congress
In her campaign video, Murray referenced the Amazon deal by stating, “Queens and the Bronx needs someone who will create jobs instead of turning them away.”
Murray repeatedly references bridges and their relation to New York’s stunning skyline. She has always been willing to work with people of different backgrounds and political parties, Murray says.
There’s a crisis in Queens and it’s called AOC. She isn’t worried about us – she’s worried about being famous. That’s why I’m running for Congress. Join our movement to #unitethefight ➡️ https://t.co/rtqGz0XeAw
— Scherie Murray (@ScherieMurray) July 17, 2019
Murray Previously Ran For the New York State Assembly in 2015
Murray previously served on the New York Republican State Committee, and she ran for the New York State Assembly in 2015 as a candidate for District 29.
Murray — who immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica at the age of nine and grew up in Queens — announced her intent to run with a campaign video taking shots at the self-described democratic socialist, pointing to Ocasio-Cortez’s efforts in turning tech giant Amazon away from her district.
You need to decide if AOC’s justification for chasing Amazon away holds water:
Scherie has a long history of public service, starting as a young teen
Murray is a product of the NY public school system
Scherie went to I.S. 192 where she was a gymnast, becoming the caption of her high school’s gymnastics team. She graduated from high-school with an outstanding community service award from the Law, Government, and Community Service Magnet High School.
Scherie worked as an intern systems analyst for the NYC MTA Jamaica Bus Depot when she was 17.
While earning her Associate of Applied Science in Micro Computer Business Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism, Scherie taught gymnastics for an after-school program in Far Rockaway, Queens.
The Esemel Group and working for minorities
In 2004, Scherie’s mission was to address the lack of minorities in media through The Esemel Group generating employment opportunities for minorities in New York City. Scherie is a Veterans and small businesses advocate. Promoting economic development, school choices for parents and community-police relations.
Scherie Murray is coming to this race with far more bonafide than the Bronx Bartender. If you wish to see AOC sent back to the Bronx, Murray does have a donate button on her website.
Ocasio-Cortez may want to stop dancing, and start acting as a legislator.
But then she can always fall back on her bartending skills. So she will be ok.
Four other Republicans have filed to run for the strongly blue district in 2020: former police officer John Cummings, construction contractor Miguel Hernandez, journalist Ruth Papazian, and businessman Antoine Tucker.