A new contender for New York’s congressional seat has stepped forward, and she’s coming for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Originally from Jamaica and an active New York businesswoman, Republican Scherie Murray launched her congressional campaign on Wednesday. In a Fox News phone interview, Murray, who fiercely opposes Ocasio-Cortez’s position on the economy and health care, said she’s ready to improve New York.
“There is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC,” she told Fox News. “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 is one of five Republicans looking to take over the congressional position, and no New York Democrats have announced campaigns. While the new candidate looks to work across the aisle in her campaign video, she said she considers herself a Trump supporter.
“Do I think the president is a racist? No. But I want to get back to the core of why we’re even talking about this —there is a crisis at our border,” Murray said when asked about Trump’s recent war of words with Ocasio-Cortez and fellow Democratic Congress members.Murray has her work cut out for her; according to USA Today, she unsuccessfully ran in a special election for the New York Assembly seat in 2015, losing by over 85%.
The GOP primary takes place in June 2020.