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Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley Leading Revolt Against Democratic Party Plan To Protect Incumbents

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief

Progressives in Congress are leading a revolt against the Democratic Congressional Campaign Commitee’s (DCCC) decision to protect incumbent representatives from nomination challengers.

New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley indicated their willingness to oppose the plan on Saturday. Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has been less than clear about her position.

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks to members of the media following a televised town hall event on the “Green New Deal” in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks to members of the media following a televised town hall event on the “Green New Deal” in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley were both elected to the House of Representatives after successfully defeating incumbents in their congressional districts, Fox News noted. (RELATED: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: People Should Be ‘Excited’ About Losing Their Jobs To Automation)

“The @DCCC’s new rule to blacklist+boycott anyone who does business w/ primary challengers is extremely divisive & harmful to the party,” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez Saturday, who defeated veteran Congressman Joe Crowley in his nomination.

Pressley said the “policy to blacklist vendors who work with challengers, [risks] undermining an entire universe of potential candidates and vendors …”

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) listen to the testimony of former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen at a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) listen to the testimony of former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen at a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., Feb. 27, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Omar appeared to endorse Pressley’s comments in a tweet. She is facing a potential nomination battle as local Democratic organizers, angry at her slew of anti-Israel statements, are reportedly looking for an alternate candidate.

The disagreement further illustrates the deep divide in the Democratic Party between the old guard of relative centrists and the democratic socialists pushing policies like the Green New Deal, as embodied by Ocasio-Cortez. (RELATED: Report: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Has Violated Her Own Green New Deal)

The DCCC decision is apparently not just aimed at protecting candidates who have demonstrated electability but also to discourage radical candidates from running in nomination battles. The organization announced the policy in a letter earlier this month obtained by Fox News.

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