N.Y. Democrat Ocasio-Cortez Coming To St. Louis To Campaign For Cori Bush
The woman who is running against Congressman Lacy Clay in the August Primary Election for Missouri's First District in the U.S. House of Representatives is likely hoping that a little magic from another woman who upset a powerful Congressman rubs off.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an unknown until last month's win, when she beat powerful Democrat Joseph Crowley, who many said was poised to become the next Speaker of the House.
Cori Bush's campaign announced Wednesday that Ocasio-Cortez is coming to Bush's birthday/campaign party next Saturday to help "get out the vote".
Missouri State Representative Bruce Franks, Jr., another political unknown who upset a powerful political player will also speak at the event.
[More information on that event can be found on Facebook HERE]
Ocasio-Cortez made headlines after the stunning defeat.
Both women are backed by a group started by former staffers of Bernie Sanders called "Brand New Congress", and became good friends through the group before Ocasio-Cortez's meteoric rise. In fact, Bush was one of three people Ocasio-Cortez thanked in her first tweet after learning she had won.
Ocasio-Cortez has also become a political lightning rod because she also belongs to the Democratic Socialists of America, and won her primary on a platform significantly left of center for American politics. Neither Bush nor Ocasio-Cortez accept corporate donations from political action committees.
Bush is a former registered nurse who was one of the most prominent leaders of the protests in Ferguson and St. Louis starting in late 2014.
While she unsuccessfully ran two years ago in the primary against Jason Kander for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Roy Blunt, that was a statewide election while the First District is mostly made of St. Louis City. Also, the political climate in the Democratic Party appears to be shifting rapidly.
However, it will still be a long climb for Bush to pull off an upset, as Clay has much more money to campaign with and name recognition. He has held his seat since 2001, taking over that seat from his father, who held it since 1969.
The primary will be held August 7 (the deadline to register for that election is today), and the General Election is November 6.