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Post by Addie » Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:15 pm

The Hill
Badrun Khan to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in Democratic primary

A local activist in Queens announced a primary challenge against New York progressive heavyweight Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) on Wednesday.

Badrun Khan, whose website describes her as an activist who has “spent her entire life fighting for justice, equality and fairness in her community,” says she is fighting for “REAL Results... Not Empty Promises,” suggesting how she views Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive platform. ...

She favors expanding Social Security and Medicare benefits and ensuring health care “is made available for all and that those who have existing coverage can choose to keep what they currently have.” She stops short of declaring support for any variant of “Medicare for All.” ...

The daughter of Bengali immigrants, Khan says she seeks to be a “uniter” who can “build bridges so that no community, regardless of their ethnicity or religion will ever be left behind.” ...

Ocasio-Cortez’s hard-charging style and threats to support primaries against centrist members of Congress have strained her relationships with some Democrats.

She has reportedly considered backing a primary challenger to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.), the No. 4 House Democrat and a possible successor to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Rep. Henry Cuellar (Texas), who is considered one of the more conservative members of the House Democratic Caucus.

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