Jamaica-Born Scherie Murray Is The Latest Republican To Run For AOC’s Seat

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Written by Ann Brown
Murray: Via Campaign Facebook Page AOC: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., attends a House Oversight Committee hearing on high prescription drugs prices shortly after her private meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 26, 2019. The high-profile freshman and the veteran Pelosi have been critical of one another recently. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jamaican-born Republican Scherie Murray has announced her bid for the congressional seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“There is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC,” Murray, 38, 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 who moved to the US when she was 9, grew up in Queens. She went on to founded a TV production and advertising company. 

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“Your representative in Washington chooses self-promotion over service, conflict over constituents, resistance over assistance,” Murray says in an introductory video.

“Queens and the Bronx needs someone who will create jobs instead of turning them away.”

With her bid, Murray joins four other Republicans who have filed to run to challenge AOC. The others are former cop John Cummings, journalist Ruth Papazian, construction contractor Miguel Hernandez and businessman Antoine Tucker.

No Democrats have announced a primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez.

“Murray, a full-time mom who worked for the city’s Jamaica Bus Depot as a teen, founded a TV production and advertising company called The Esemel Group in 2004,” the NY Post reported. 

Murray’s bid is considered a longshot in a Democratic stronghold.

According to a post Murray put on Facebook post that “thousands have signed up” to support her campaign in the first 24 hours. 

“But the district, New York’s 14th, has been overwhelmingly blue for several cycles — Ocasio-Cortez won 78.2 percent of the vote in 2018, and former Rep. Joe Crowley won in 2016 with 82.9 percent,” CNN reported. 

Her bid is a turnaround for Murray, who tweeted her congratulations to Ocasio-Cortez on her victory when she won the seat in November.

Murray has run for office before. In 2015, she lost a campaign to represent the New York Assembly’s 29th District. She ran as a Republican-affiliated with the Reform Party and won less than 10 percent of the vote. 

Ann Brown
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