Progressive champion Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) teased Twitter with an announcement on Thursday evening:
Big announcement coming tomorrow ??— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 21, 2020
The Congresswoman from New York then announced that she launched a progressive campaign arm to challenge establishment Democrats. The group, named “Courage to Change,” seeks to seat a “progressive majority” in Congress that will favor radical policies such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.
It’s time to elect a progressive majority in Congress accountable to strong, grassroots movements that push support for issues like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, racial justice, & more.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 21, 2020
It’s time to elect public servants with the Courage to Change: https://t.co/K6JXmCH2Vh
This effort is a clear attempt to undermine Democratic establishment leadership such as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. AOC and her allies constantly criticize the old-guard Democratic leadership for not fully embracing the far-left policies pushed by progressives.
Change takes courage. That’s why @AOC is launching a brand new PAC to reward those who are working toward progressive change and support candidates who exemplify political courage.— Courage to Change (@CouragetoChange) February 21, 2020
Join our people-powered movement today: https://t.co/TD5trPft1O
This effort also represents internal discord within the Democratic Party, which is an advantage for the GOP in a crucial election year: