AOC endorses 7 women running for Congress: 'It’s time to elect a progressive majority'

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February 21, 2020 - 1:20 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed seven female “newcomers to Congress” across the country on Friday as she seeks to expand her political influence.

AOC endorsed the candidates through her new PAC, Courage to Change.

“Today @CouragetoChange is announcing its first endorsements of newcomers to Congress,” AOC tweeted along with a list of the names.

They include Samelys Lopez, a community organizer who is running to represent district NY-15 in the Bronx.

The other candidates include: Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, a Texan running in a Senate race, as well as the following candidates for the House: Teresa Fernandez of New Mexico, Kara Eastman of Nebraska, Georgette Gomez of California, Marie Newman of Illinois and Jessica Cisneros of Texas.

“One of our primary goals is to reward political courage in Congress and also to help elect a progressive majority in the House of Representatives,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez told the New York Times. “There’s kind of a dual nature to this: One is opening the door to newcomers, and the other is to reward members of Congress that are exhibiting very large amounts of political courage.”

AOC won an upset victory against Rep. Joe Crowley in 2018, inspiring many first-time candidates across the country.

AOC has been gaining considerable campaign funds from supporters as she seeks to counter the Democratic establishment in key races across the country.

She has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president and has campaigned for him.