New York businesswoman Scherie Murray, who immigrated to New York from Jamaica when she was 9, announced Wednesday that she will be running for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional district in 2020.
In a powerful video announcement, Murray said Ocasio-Cortez was more “worried about being famous” in Washington and on Twitter than representing her constituents.
“There is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC,” Murray told Fox News on Wednesday, announcing her candidacy and accusing the congresswoman of “focusing on being famous” instead of doing her job and focusing on her district.
Murray said she had experience building bridges “between constituents in our community and the elected officials that represent them, between different nationalities and races, and between political parties.” She said Ocasio-Cortez instead favored conflict and criticized her for her role in driving Amazon to abandon its plans to build a second headquarters in New York.
AOC is “rolling back progress,” Murray continued, with her “job-killing Green New Deal” scheme, as well as her role in helping to scrap an Amazon investment project in New York, which may have cost the city thousands of jobs.
Murray released a campaign video after her Fox appearance, and took to Twitter.
There’s a crisis in Queens and it’s called AOC. She isn’t worried about us – she’s worried about being famous. That’s why I’m running for Congress. Join our movement to #unitethefight ➡️ https://t.co/rtqGz0XeAw
— Scherie Murray (@ScherieMurray) July 17, 2019
Murray grew up in Southeast Queens and was a star student at the Campus Magnet High School in Cambria Heights, graduating with accolades in community service and serving as captain of her high school gymnastics team.
Today, she’s the mother of three, and a devout Christian. She also launched her own media company, called the Esemel Group, in 2004. The Esemel Group works to generate employment opportunities specifically for minorities in New York City, according to her campaign website.
Murray became a Republican in college where an interest in politics first stirred in 2009 at Brooklyn College. She was obtaining her second bachelor’s degree, in broadcast journalism, when one of her English professors stoked her interest in politics with an entirely new perspective.
“He spoke about party politics, American history, and things of that nature,” she said at the time. “It was a great course for me as I pursued broadcast journalism. When I obtained my bachelor’s, I immediately left Brooklyn College and ran for City Council. So that class really did more than just inspire me.”
Murray is one of four Republican candidates challenging AOC. Former NYPD officer and retired teacher John Cummings, construction contractor Miguel Hernandez of Manhattan, journalist Ruth Papazian from the Bronx, and Bronx entrepreneur Antoine Tucker have all filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run against the socialist Democrat.
To be clear, New York’s 14th is the very definition of a safe district for Democrats. In the last two presidential elections Democrats beat Republicans by an average of 29%, according to Ballotpedia.