Washington, D.C. – Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer is up for reelection next year and he is running scared at the potential of a primary challenge, particularly from New York Socialist AOC. As Politico noted this morning, Schumer has been running digital ads targeting primary voters in New York.
Since taking the majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer has pushed a radical agenda geared primarily towards avoiding a costly and embarrassing (and potentially politically fatal) primary challenge from a young, progressive champion in New York.
In the process, he’s forced vulnerable Senate Democrats to support an agenda at odds with the views of the voters in their states. He’s protecting his left flank in liberal New York and leaving his incumbents out to dry.
Statement from NRSC Spokeswoman Lizzie Litzow: “Chuck Schumer is running scared at the potential for a primary challenge from his Left, particularly from a young, progressive hero like AOC. Since day 1 as Majority Leader, he’s been focused more on covering his own Left flank in New York than driving an agenda that helps vulnerable Democrat incumbents around the country. He makes the Socialists in New York happy while Democrat incumbents get left out to dry.”