AOC is a negative problem for Democrats. State Democratic Party chairman Jay Jacobs ripped into Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday over disappointing results in key New York congressional and legislative races last week. Jacobs, who also serves as the Nassau County Democratic leader, said he’s had it with AOC and other left-wingers lecturing Democrats who have to fight to win races in purple districts on Long Island and upstate. “AOC has no standing on how to run a general election in the suburbs and upstate. AOC is in a district that’s 6-1 Democrat and she couldn’t find a Republican in her district with binoculars,” Jacobs told The Post. “I invite AOC to come to Long Island and stand for election in one of our districts. You’ll see different results,” Jacobs said.
Ocasio-Cortez, who represents portions of The Bronx and Queens in the 14th Congressional District, easily won re-election to a second term over Republican challenger John Cummings last week. Jacobs said Democrats wouldn’t have secured control of the state Senate in 2018 without winning battleground suburban and upstate districts. Progressive laws such as controversial bail reform would not have occurred without them, he said. The Democratic infighting comes as the party surprisingly lost House seats even though former Vice President Joe Biden defeated President Trump in the race for the White House at the top of the ticket.
In New York, Republicans were leading Democratic incumbents and others running in vacant seats in the machine count for congressional races on Long Island and Staten Island and about a half-dozen state Senate races. But about 1.5 million absentee ballots are still being counted that could tilt the outcome. Republicans up and down the ballot ran a law-and-order campaign in New York that attacked Democrats for approving a law that eliminates cash bail for many criminal defendants, backing the “defunding” of the police and advancing socialism. Democrats running the purple districts oppose defunding police and socialism, but their lefty counterparts including AOC support the latter two positions. Jacobs, like South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, said the “Defund the police” slogan pushed by progressives hurt Democrats in swing districts.