The next AOC? The favorite for the PA seat is a Bernie-backed Democratic socialist, Warren


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The favorite for a Pennsylvania House seat is a Democratic socialist backed by Senators Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., whose political background mirrors that of far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez, DN.Y.

Pennsylvania State Rep. Summer Lee, a progressive Democrat, is running to replace incumbent Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Penn., who has served in Congress since 1995.

Lee openly endorsed several socialist policies – including wealth redistribution – as well as controversial progressive policies like prison abolition.

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HARRISBURG, PA – FEBRUARY 21: Pennsylvania State House Representative Summer Lee is pictured at the Pennsylvania State Capitol on Thursday February 21, 2019 in Harrisburg, PA. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

“Instead of ‘thanking’ black women, black voters and especially black organizers…give us the investments we need and deserve, redistribute wealth, end police brutality, abolish the prison state , commit to building black-led political power….and reparations,” Lee tweeted in November 2020.

Similar to her rhetoric, Lee’s career as a state representative draws comparisons between her and Ocasio-Cortez: Both women defeated longtime members of their respective governing bodies in 2018 and ran on similar progressive platforms.

Ocasio-Cortez defeated former Rep. Joe Crowley, DN.Y., who many predicted would become House Speaker before his surprise primary overthrow, to secure his seat in Congress. Lee also defeated a longtime incumbent, former Pennsylvania Democratic state Rep. Paul Costa, in the primary and ended his two-decade career in the state legislature.

Additionally, Lee’s platform operates in the same circle as the Queen “Squad” herself, pushing “Medicare for All,” adding “justice” to many of her progressive policies to capitalize on the buzzword. , and making several outlandish statements ranging from the state of American democracy to immigration policies.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: US House Speaker Rep.  Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) speaks as (LR) Rep.  Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep.  Angie Craig (D-MN), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) listen during a press conference at the United States Capitol on June 16, 2021 in Washington, DC .  Speaker Pelosi held a press conference to announce the members of the new Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Growth Equity.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 16: US House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) speaks as (LR) Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) listen during a press conference at the United States Capitol on June 16, 2021 in Washington, DC . Speaker Pelosi held a press conference to announce the members of the new Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Growth Equity. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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“Throughout the history of our nation, we have never delivered on the promises of democracy,” Lee asserts in the “Democracy and Voting Rights” section of his website. “The legacy of slavery and Jim Crow continued in voter disenfranchisement, gerrymandering and voter suppression, making ballot boxes inaccessible, especially for the poor, black and brown Across the country.”

Lee also claimed that “the rules of the US government have also failed to deliver on the promise of democracy” and called for “an end to outdated and arbitrary laws” as well as giving “every person in our country the right to vote – of previously incarcerated persons”. from people to immigrants, everyone deserves a voice in our democracy. »

The Pennsylvania progressive is also filling out the Supreme Court “so right-wing extremists can’t take away our basic rights” and “ending lifetime appointments to the highest court in the land.”

Lee also calls for an end to the filibuster, which she says is “a tool championed by segregationist senators to oppose civil rights legislation, which continues to stand in the way of progress today.”

“No human being is illegal. Our immigration system is a broken web of xenophobic policies that seek to punish brown and black people instead of building pathways to citizenship,” Lee says in his “Immigration” tab.

HARRISBURG, PA - FEBRUARY 21: Pennsylvania State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, left, Rep. Sara Innamorato, center, and Rep. Summer Lee prepare to go on-air for an interview with the TV station local on Thursday, February 21, 2019, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

HARRISBURG, PA – FEBRUARY 21: Pennsylvania State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, left, Rep. Sara Innamorato, center, and Rep. Summer Lee prepare to go on-air for an interview with the TV station local on Thursday, February 21, 2019, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Lee also calls for an end to “life without parole” as well as the “elimination of cash bail because our current system, which imprisons people based on their ability to pay, is a barbaric relic that punishes poor for their poverty”.

“Our constitutional right to abortion care faces the greatest threat in its history, and Congress must do everything in its power to protect this fundamental right,” Lee writes under “Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice.” .

“We must not only protect the federal right to abortion, but also repeal laws like the Hyde Amendment that put care out of reach for marginalized and low-income communities,” she said.

The Hyde Amendment is a bipartisan law that prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger.

Lee has won endorsements from high-profile progressive groups, including the Ocasio-Cortez-linked Justice Democrats, the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC and the Sunrise Movement.

The Pennsylvania Democrat was also supported by the controversial Emgage PAC – the sister organization of Emgage Action, which has been decried by Republican senators as “anti israel— and the Way to Lead PAC, a progressive group founded by “Squad” Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., which supports defund the police.

Additionally, Lee has been endorsed by a slew of high-profile progressives, including “Squad” reps. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., in the House, as well as Warren and Sanders in the Senate.

DES MOINES, IA - NOVEMBER 09: U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is joined on stage by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the Climate Crisis Summit at Drake University on November 9, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.  Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez and author Naomi Klein spoke about the current state of climate change in relation to US politics.  (Photo by Stephen Maturity/Getty Images)

DES MOINES, IA – NOVEMBER 09: U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is joined on stage by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the Climate Crisis Summit at Drake University on November 9, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez and author Naomi Klein spoke about the current state of climate change in relation to US politics. (Photo by Stephen Maturity/Getty Images)
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According to her Federal Elections Commission (FEC), Lee also donated thousands of dollars to Justice Democrats’ go-to digital communications firm, Middle Seat Consulting, which supports “campaigns, organizations and causes fighting for racial justice, climate action, immigrant rights, intersectional feminism, economic justice, etc.”

Mentions of Lee placed her in the prime main position against her main Democratic opponents as she seeks to take the Blue Party’s nomination for the vacant seat.

However, securing the Democratic nomination is not the same as landing a ticket to Congress, especially in historically purple Pennsylvania. The state turned red in the 2016 presidential election while it turned blue in 2020.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18: Congressional Progressive Caucus chair Rep.  Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) leaves the Will Rogers Hallway following a television interview at the United States Capitol on November 18, 2021 in Washington, DC.  Democratic leaders in the House are awaiting the Congressional Budget Office's final cost estimate for President Joe Biden's Build Back Better before scheduling a vote on $1.75 trillion in benefits and climate legislation.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 18: Congressional Progressive Caucus chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) leaves the Will Rogers Hallway following a television interview at the United States Capitol on November 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. Democratic leaders in the House are awaiting the Congressional Budget Office’s final cost estimate for President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better before scheduling a vote on $1.75 trillion in benefits and climate legislation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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This is especially true for the upcoming 2022 terms, where Republicans are expected to make some serious gains in the House and potentially the Senate.

That said, after being a solid blue stronghold for the past millennia, Doyle’s vacant seat shows little sign of changing — it’s still ranked as a solid Democratic seat by political pollsters. That means whoever wins the Democratic primary will likely go to Congress next January.

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If Lee wins, she will be the last progressive to occupy the seat of an old guard, accelerating the progressive takeover of the Democratic Party.

Lee’s campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.


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