Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has criticized New York state party leadership after election returns showed that the Empire State was following a right-wing trend. In a tweet, Ocasio Cortez wrote that NYS Dem party leadership was essentially destroyed by former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), and replaced by lobbyists who are actively working to promote the GOP. She added that they have in fact “failed to pass a basic state ballot measure to protect NY redistricting, must be accountable.”
She also said that she asked for Jay Jacob’s resignation a year ago and that to this day that is a position she maintains. Jacob’s is the New York State Democratic Party president.
Ocasio-Cortez’s comments were in response to a graphic from The New York Times which compared the election results in the 2022 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential election. According to the New York Times there was a shift towards Republicans this year.
Despite this, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) managed to win her race against challenger Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.). This is going to be her first full term, following Cuomo’s resignation after the sexual harassment allegations came out.
In a subsequent tweet, Ocasio-Cortez also linked to an article from October 2021 when Jacobs had been criticized for making an analogy with former KKK leader David Duke as an example. At the time Jacobs had said that the party should not have to endorse candidates just because they were successful in the primary. He then proceeded to suggest a scenario where Duke would have won the New York Democratic primary.