NY special election win has some Squad members spooked: ‘We need to be very careful’

“Progressive” leftists are worried that Rep.-elect Tom Suozzi’s special election victory could be bad news for their disastrous plans.

As previously reported, Suozzi, a Democrat, defeated Republican candidate Mazi Melesa Pilip this week in a special election for former Rep. George Santos’ seat.

The problem, “progressives” like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez say, is that Suozzi actually wants to secure the border.

“Suozzi rode to his resounding win on Tuesday with a tough-on-the-border stance,” Politico notes. “He said he was comfortable describing the situation at the border as an ‘invasion’ and referenced Border Patrol in his TV ads.”

Oh no!

“We need to be very careful,” Ocasio-Cortez said to Politico. “You’re never going to out-Republican a Republican.”

Evidently, being interested in securing the border is a Republican issue. Voters, the majority of whom support border security, may want to know that going into the 2024 race.

Yet many of her more mainstream colleagues disagree. According to them, the future for Democrat success lies in copying Suozzi’s tough-on-the-border campaign strategy.

“Democrats should learn a lesson from NY-03,” Sen. Chris Murphy reportedly wrote in a memo this week to his fellow Dems. “Quite simply, we risk losing the 2024 election if we do not seize this opportunity to go on offense on the issue of the border and turn the tables on Republicans.”

But this attitude is “triggering” so-called “progressives,” according to Politico.

“I actually don’t think that it’s necessarily the playbook that would apply to the rest of the country,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Keep in mind that a CBS News/YouGov poll published last month found that a whopping 75 percent of Americans view the border situation as either a crisis or serious problem.

“His position is not necessarily the mandate for the future,” Rep. Raúl Grijalva, another “progressive” loon, said. “Those of us that live, work and represent the border need to be heard as much as the congressman from New York.”

You’d think that someone who “work[s] and represent[s]” the border would be interested in border security, but apparently not.

“I don’t think we will ever win long term by being Republican-lite on immigration,” Rep. Greg Casar said.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, another critic, said Suozzi’s core message had been “very inclusive” but complained that his tough-on-the-border rhetoric got too heated for her.

“You don’t need to lean in with rhetoric that is xenophobic and Trumpian. You can actually lean in with a message that is broad and inclusive,” she said.

Rep. Veronica Escobar, another radical “progressive,” took things way further, accusing Suozzi of using language — specifically the word “invasion” — that was used by the El Paso mass shooter.

“I’ve never heard another Democrat use that term,” she said, adding that she’s “eager” to speak with the newly elected Democrat about his offensive lexicon.

Other Democrats meanwhile worry that Suozzi will wind up voting with Republicans much like Sen. Joe Manchin has sometimes done.

“He has supported positions opposing abortion rights and flirted with conservative positions on issues like criminal justice reform, LGBTQ+ issues, and immigration,” The Intercept reported last week.

“The best way to beat an opponent in an election is to offer an alternative vision and Suozzi has chosen to campaign as a weaker version of the Republican candidate,” Will Bailey, a critic with New York Communities for Change, said to the paper.

It doesn’t help that many Democrats resent him. Why? It turns out he used to be a congressman. In fact, he held Santos’ seat before resigning abruptly in early 2022 to run for New York governor.

It was because of this that Santos was able to sidle into the seat in the first place.

“[Suozzi] had ignored pleas from party leaders to keep his House seat and help Democrats keep their majority in Washington and ended up coming in third place in the gubernatorial primary, behind New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who ran to Suozzi’s left,” according to The Intercept.

“Biden had carried Suozzi’s former district by 8 percentage points in 2020, but in the 2022 general election the seat flipped red and helped Republicans retake the House. Santos, a Republican who lied about much of his biography and resume, won by about the same margin Biden had two years earlier, before being expelled.”

Vivek Saxena


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