During a recent interview, Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez admitted that her own party may be looking to use district zoning against her.
The young Democrat socialist has taken the party by storm, alienating older Democrats while resonating with younger, far-left millennial liberals, and has caused a rift among the already-fractured Democratic Party.
Ocasio-Cortez admitted that it is “entirely possible” for her own party to work in an attempt to make changes to her district which would effectively eliminate her influence over the party.
Appearing to acknowledge the possibility that the move would likely come from opponents within her own party, Ocasio-Cortez said New York’s districts have been “historically gerrymandered.”
From The Intercept:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is prepared for the possibility that Democrats in New York could redraw her district after the 2020 election, she told The Intercept in an interview.
Following the 2020 census, every state will draw new district boundaries to reflect changes in the population, the political implications of which will stretch for at least the next decade. In 2014, New York approved a constitutional amendment establishing a nonpartisan redistricting commission, which is set to take over the redistricting process starting in 2020. The 10-member commission, meant to be independent from the legislature, is made up of individuals selected by leaders from the state Senate and Assembly, and the original eight members pick two additional members.
But Ocasio-Cortez’s most determined adversaries are not partisan Republicans, but Democrats who say that she has been a disruptive influence. The Hill recently reported that at least one member of Congress has been urging New York party leaders to recruit a Democratic primary challenger to Ocasio-Cortez. But the news led to a surge of donations to Ocasio-Cortez, suggesting that a more efficient means of ousting her might be simply to eliminate her district.
The 29-year-old congressperson noted (accurately) that it’s generally expected that New York will likely lose a seat, despite the city itself growing at a consistent pace. “I don’t know if that means that all of our districts are going to be redrawn dramatically, because they have been historically gerrymandered, or what will happen, but there’s certainly a possibility, if not a guarantee, that my district in the coming years will not look like my district today,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “So I think it’s entirely possible, and New York politics being what it is, we have no idea where things are going to go.”