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Republican Immigrant From Jamaica To Challenge Ocasio-Cortez In 2020



A Republican immigrant businesswoman active in politics launched a campaign Wednesday to run against current Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2020.

Scherie Murray, an immigrant from Jamaica, is the fifth Republican to file for Ocasio-Cortez’s seat. The other Republicans are former police officer John Cummings, construction contractor Miguel Hernandez, medical journalist Ruth Papzian and entrepreneur Antoine Tucker, Fox reported.

“There is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC,” Murray said, according to Fox News. “And instead of focusing on us, she’s focusing on being famous. Mainly rolling back progress and authoring the job-killing Green New Deal and killing the Amazon New York deal.”

Murray, 38, confirmed with Fox News that she will be running. The primary will take place in June 2020.

The Jamaica-born immigrant moved to the U.S. when she was 9 years old. She grew up in Southeast Queens and worked at a Bus Depot when she was a teenager, according to Fox News. Murray founded  The Esemel Group, a television production and advertising company, in 2004. The company helped with employment for minorities, she said according to Fox News.

Now a full-time mother, Murray’s campaign video paints her as a “bridge-builder” who has helped minorities find jobs and who cares about the people. The video takes jabs at Ocasio-Cortez’s time in office and paints the current Rep. as more of a celebrity than someone who can make laws.


“I think it’s disgusting, to be quite honest,” Murray said of the recent comments Ocasio-Cortez made about President Donald Trump after he tweeted about the congresswoman. “I think we are missing the point of why we’re elected to public office: to legislate on policy, to deliver results to those kitchen table issues that are affecting everyday Americans.”

Trump began tweeting Sunday telling the “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen” to go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it’s done.”

The tweets were likely aimed at Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts.

No Democrat has announced a campaign against Ocasio-Cortez. New York, a mostly Democratic district, will be a difficult battle for Republicans like Murray, Fox News reported.

“A Republican can win the district,” Murray told Fox News. “There is an absolute path to victory when you look at a general election campaign.”

A version of this story appears on the Daily Caller website.

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  • Rudolph L koch says:

    well now AOC can’t get out of debating an Republican cause they are racist or anti-gender.

  • Wayne says:

    God bless you and I’m looking forward to you sending AOC back to tend bar.

    • Lee Price says:

      Agreed Wayne, just a little common sense would have served AOC well. But, even trying to give her the benefit of a doubt, she showed the world how stupid she is. Good luck and God speed Murray.


    Scherie Murray looks like and sounds like a breath of fresh air for NYC and our country!

  • Zeek says:

    Let’s start a pool to guess exactly when she will be labeled a racist white supremacist.

  • Stephen Russell says:

    Hooray Yes shake up AOC & allies

  • Diana says:

    Swell we will see don’t trust any of these women put I do believe we need to make a law that you have t be a citizen 4-5 generation before you can even apply to be any kind of representative State or Federal it really takes time to see what kind if an American these people will be look what we have now a bunch of lying disgusting immoral Un- American socialist communist muslum atheists, we need to demand this for the Protection of our Country been fooled to many times now we need real proof they are for America and Our CONSTITUTION as WRITTEN not like those that are out to destroy America

  • Maurice says:

    At least she wasn’t born in Kenya.

  • LJP says:

    Good. Anybody is better than the bartender.

  • Steve Bracken says:

    I would vote her. I would love see AOC call her racist and yes I would not put that past that lowlife AOC!

  • Vietnam Veteran says:

    Good. I hope she is able to send AOC packing, although AOC and her unbelievably brain dead socialist colleagues really ARE hilarious – 4 clowns that are funnier than the Three Stooges, Amos and Andy (and Kingfish,) and Robin Williams put together. Actually, AOC and her gang of idiots are a bad joke. Good luck Ms. Murray. Best wishes to you dear lady. Carpe diem ! ! !

  • joe ferra says:

    only one need run, more then one republican running splits the vote. happened in my area and the dem won.

  • RWF