Freshman firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) earned herself a new primary challenger for the 2020 election cycle.
The self-described democratic socialist will have to defeat Badrun Khan, a first-generation Bengali-American immigrant who describes herself as “a proud Democrat, advocate, community activist, mother and a proud daughter of an immigrant family.”
The New York Democratic primary candidate — the mother to two teenage daughters and “a financial officer for a large school” — said on her website that she “has spent her entire life fighting for justice, equality and fairness in her community.”
Khan’s website says that she wants to be a “uniter” and that she thinks that “all people” should be more involved with American politics.
“Badrun’s dream is to be a uniter, someone who hopes to build bridges so that no community, regardless of their ethnicity or religion will ever be left behind. Badrun believes that all people should get more involved in mainstream politics and become more integrated as American citizens.”
Khan has come out swinging against Ocasio-Cortez, with the homepage of her website reading “REAL results… not empty promises.”
Ocasio-Cortez told The Hill that she was focusing on her work for her district and does not give much heed to the “other folks” running for her seat.
“I just focus on delivering for my district and doing the best job,” said the New York Democrat. “I try not to focus too much on other folks in the field.”
Badrun is the first Democrat to challenge Ocasio-Cortez for her seat, but the self-described democratic socialist is also facing heavy Republican opposition.
As IJR previously reported, New York businesswoman Scherie Murray announced her Republican candidacy for New York’s 14th District in July, when she blasted Ocasio-Cortez in her announcement video as choosing “self-promotion over service, conflict over constituents, resistance over assistance.”
Additionally, IJR sat down for an interview with another of Ocasio-Cortez’s Republican challengers, former NYPD officer John Cummings.
Cummings told IJR that the platform he is running on is based on “liberty” and that he is working to “stop the creep of socialism” in America.