A local activist in Queens announced a primary challenge against New York progressive heavyweight Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Greene: McCarthy 'doesn't have the full support to be Speaker' Omar calls out Boebert over anti-Muslim remarks, denies Capitol incident took place MORE (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.
Khan lists a handful of policy positions on her website but doesn't touch on top progressive priorities.
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.”
But Khan voiced support for a lobbying ban on former members of Congress that has gained popularity among Democrats.
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.”
But Khan, who officially filed her candidacy in July, will face an uphill battle against Ocasio-Cortez, who has shot to national prominence and wields a formidable grassroots following online.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to Khan's candidacy on Wednesday by saying, “I just focus on delivering for my district and doing the best job. I try not to focus too much on other folks in the field.”
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 JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesWill media portrayals of Rittenhouse lead to another day in court? The real 'threat to democracy'? Pols who polarize us with their opinions Jeffries says 'integrity of our democracy' at stake without federal voting rights legislation MORE (N.Y.), the No. 4 House Democrat and a possible successor to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Bipartisan success in the Senate signals room for more compromise The GOP's post-1/6 playbook is clear — and it's dangerous MORE (D-Calif.), and Rep. Henry Cuellar (Texas), who is considered one of the more conservative members of the House Democratic Caucus.
Ocasio-Cortez has already backed Marie Newman, who is taking on Rep. Daniel LipinskiDaniel William LipinskiHouse votes to condemn alleged hysterectomies on migrant women Five things we learned from this year's primaries Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses slate of non-Hispanic candidates MORE (Ill.), one of the few House Democrats opposed to abortion.