New York businesswoman Scherie Murray is the latest Republican to announce their intentions to run against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her congressional seat in 2020.
Murray, who was born in Jamaica before moving to the U.S. when she was 9 years old, said Ocasio-Cortez was more “worried about being famous” than serving the people of New York. She has urged “It’s time to rid NYC of AOC!” on her official campaign website.
Murray continued to attack Ocasio-Cortez as someone “fighting for the limelight” in a campaign launch video entitled “Bridges.”
“Bridges, they fill our skyline. Rising above our city, their arches are more than stone and steel,” Murray says in the video. “They connect us, they help us move forward, and cross from place to place. That’s why we build bridges, to be connected to one another.”
“But your representative in Washington chooses self-promotion over service, conflict over constituents, resistance over assistance,” Murray adds.
“Queens and the Bronx needs someone who will create jobs instead of turning them away. Someone to unite the fight in Washington and help you build a bridge to a better future for yourself, instead of pushing for a pay raise for herself.”
Speaking to Fox News, Murray added that “there is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC.”
He adds: “Instead of focusing on us, she’s focusing on being famous. Mainly rolling back progress and authoring the job-killing Green New Deal and killing the Amazon New York deal.”
Discussing Medicare-for-All, a proposal long-backed by Ocasio-Cortez, Murray added: “I think a lot of people are happy with their current health insurance.”
After migrating to the U.S. with her family when she was nine, Murray grew up in the southeast Queens area of New York and studied at the I.S. 192 Middle School.
Murray’s first job was interning for the NYC MTA Jamaica Bus Depot. She studied for and received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the City University of New York.
In 2004, she set up her own television company, The Esemel Group, which aimed to address the lack of diversity in the media. She later left the company to become a full-time mother.
Murray unsuccessfully ran to represent the 31st City Council District in 2009 against James Sanders.
Four other Republicans have filed to run for the strongly blue district in 2020: former police officer John Cummings, construction contractor Miguel Hernandez, journalist Ruth Papazian and businessman Antoine Tucker.