A lack of support for progressive policies has Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pondering her future in politics.
The New York congresswoman told the New York Times she was unsure if she was going to run in the 2020 election, and she is still debating on whether she’ll continue with her political aspirations after a second term in Congress.
“I genuinely don’t know,” Ocasio-Cortez responded when asked if she was interested in running for Senate in the future. “I don’t even know if I want to be in politics.”
AOC has consistently made headlines pushing a very progressive agenda while her Green New Deal which was openly mocked by Conservatives as a pipe dream given the aspirations and cost of the agenda.
Her proposal called for 100% of the nation’s power to be generated from renewable sources, converting all buildings to make them energy efficient and eliminating all emissions from the transport industry within 10 years.
In her discussion with the Times, she noted that fighting within the party has her questioning her future.
“The last two years have been pretty hostile,” she said. “Externally, we’ve been winning. Externally, there’s been a ton of support, but internally, it’s been extremely hostile to anything that even smells progressive.”
That fighting is likely to continue after the setback at the polls last week. Republicans flipped several blue districts red on the way to gaining five seats in the house. Establishment Democrats blamed the progressive movement within the party for the losses.
AOC managed to keep her seat.
“I chose to run for re-election because I felt like I had to prove that this is real. That this movement was real. That I wasn’t a fluke,” she said. “That people really want guaranteed health care and that people really want the Democratic Party to fight for them.
“But I’m serious when I tell people the odds of me running for higher office and the odds of me just going off trying to start a homestead somewhere — they’re probably the same.”