Left-leaning Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying to take out another Democratic incumbent – Brooklyn State Senator Kevin Parker.
AOC backs Uber driver and Democratic Socialist David Alexis against Parker, who was first elected to the Senate in 2002.
Alexis is one of a growing list of now 13 Democratic Socialist America-backed candidates that Ocasio-Cortez endorsed for state seats on Thursday — six incumbents and seven newcomers.
“Let’s gooo! Together we sent 6 incredible new members into the New York State Legislature. What’s 7 more?” AOC tweeted.
Parker, who ran for city financial controller last year and chairs the Senate Energy and Telecom Committee, is a street fighter known for past tirades that got physical.
He was found guilty of two counts of criminal mischief in 2010 for beating up a Post photographer who took pictures of him for an article.
He also told a Republican Party agent to “kill himself!” on Twitter in 2018 after she publicly accused him of abusing his official parking sign.
And Parker was forced to undergo anger treatment after beating up a traffic cop in 2005.
The state senator had no immediate comment.
But Alexis said he’s thrilled to have AOC’s support in the 21st Senate district.
“I’m very honored to be endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a huge inspiration to me. She showed the world that working-class people like me can run for office and win,” Alexis said in a press release issued by the DSA and Ocasio-Cortez.
“I’m so proud to be fighting with her for Medicare for all, for dignity for immigrants, for a Green New Deal, and for a more liberated and just New York. Affirmations like this remind me that I stand on the shoulders of giants. Let’s win this together.”
Ocasio-Cortez stirred the pot earlier this week by also backing a list of like-minded Working Families Party insurgents against the Assembly’s veteran Democratic incumbents in the June 28 primary — including rivals of Inez Dinkins in Harlem and Jeffrey Dinowitz and Michael Benedetto in the Bronx, all close allies of Congregation Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx).
AOC shocked the political world in 2018 when they defeated veteran Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary in the 14th congressional district, which includes parts of Queens and the Bronx. Crowley then resigned as leader of the Queens Democratic Party.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/26/aoc-pits-socialist-david-alexis-against-ny-democrat-kevin-parker/ AOC is pitting socialist David Alexis against NY Democrat Kevin Parker