Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should not challenge Chuck Schumer to his Senate seat as she would 'absolutely' lose, warns New York's top Democrat official

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left) and Chuck Schumer (right) Samuel Corum / Getty Images, Tasos Katopodus / Getty Images
The Democratic Chairman of New York State has called on MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez not to stand against Chuck Schumer in the New York Senate in 2022.
He also told the New York Post that the progressive congresswoman would "absolutely" lose if she challenged Schumer.
It has been rumored for many months that Ocasio-Cortez could be a primary challenge.
When asked if she would run for the Senate, she previously said that she did not know.
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New York State Democratic Committee chairman Jay Jacobs has urged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez not to challenge Senator Chuck Schumer in a 2022 Senate primary.
However, if she did, Jay Jacobs believes that she would "absolutely" lose.
Speaking to the New York Post, Jacobs said, "I think it would be primarily driven by ambition, not need."
He jumped in defense of Senate Minority Leader Schumer, adding, "He has been a progressive force in the state for decades."
Jacobs continued, "She has a constituency that admires and supports her and they are in her ward and I think it would be a loss to her if she did."
A potential primary challenge for Ocasio-Cortez has been rumored for years.
Trump added to the rumor mill in September when he allegedly said the progressive Congresswoman would challenge Schumer and consequently "kick his ass."
Ocasio-Cortez has dodged claims that she could fight for the New York Senate seat in 2022.
When asked if she would run for higher office, she told Vanity Fair, "I don't know. I don't know if I'll really be staying in the house forever."
She continued, "I don't want to move to a higher position just because of this title or just to get a different or higher position. I really do an assessment to see if I can be more effective."
Comments, made earlier this month, re-sparked suggestions that Ocasio-Cortez might pursue a primary challenge.
In a podcast she criticized Nancy Pelosi and Schumer and called for "new leadership in the Democratic Party".
There is currently a challenger for the Senate primaries in 2022. Human rights activist Khaled Salem has officially declared his candidacy.
However, an Ocasio-Cortez run would make it a much more competitive race.
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