AOC Poised To Inherit Sanders’ Socialist Mantle

Shortly before Election Day, in an interview with Vanity Fair, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx) intimated that she might seek a higher position.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (often referred to as “AOC”) is in her first term representing New York’s 14th congressional district. Prior to serving in Congress, AOC worked for the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders and also worked as a bartender. AOC became a celebrity of the far left when she upset longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in a 2018 Democratic primary. She has become known for her extensive social media presence and for her outspoken socialist views.

Given that AOC is only 31 years of age and that she has not yet completed one term in the House of Representatives, it may seem a bit premature for her to consider higher positions in government. Nevertheless, that appears to be what she’s doing. According to Politico, AOC has been mentioned as a potential primary challenger for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in 2022, as a potential primary challenger for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in 2024, as a potential Democratic presidential administration appointee, and—believe it or not—as a potential 2024 presidential candidate. Politico noted that AOC is “viewed as one of the likeliest inheritors of [Bernie] Sanders’ progressive coalition if she were to run for president.”

Albany Update believes that a 2024 presidential bid would be an overreach for someone as inexperienced and radical as AOC. Nevertheless, the fact that this possibility is even being discussed shows how appealing the siren song of socialism has become to a certain segment of American voters.