Rich Valdes, a New Jersey resident and producer on the conservative talk radio series the Mark Levin Show, said he will move to New York City so he can run against AOC in 2020.
He even took inspiration from the Donald Trump bag of tricks and gave the freshman congresswoman a new nickname when he appeared before the Queens Village Republican Club recently: All Out Crazy. AOC, get it!
But before Valdes uproots his entire life and leaves behind the idyllic suburban lifestyle of the Garden State for a two-bedroom apartment that he can barely afford in busy Jackson Heights, maybe we can save him a little bit of time and hassle.
There’s no requirement that you live in a congressional district in order to run for the seat. Some people might find that shocking, but it’s true.
And you didn’t hear this from us, but the incumbent that AOC defeated, Joe Crowley, didn’t live in Woodside for the majority of his final years in office. His kids went to school in Virginia outside D.C.!
Actually, there is a requirement that a candidate for Congress live in the state, and Crowley always maintained an address in Queens for the sake of appearances, so Valdes could always settle down in a comfortable town upstate and still meet the requirement.
But Valdes isn’t the only Republican lining up to challenge Ocasio-Cortez. Ruth Papazian, a medical journalist and former publicist, is also throwing her hat in the ring for 2020.
But she’s a native of the Bronx, so she won’t have to raise money and open a campaign office, as well as find a good realtor and reliable moving company to mount her bid.
Both Papazian and Valdes attacked AOC for her “socialist” policies, liberally peppering their critiques of the congresswoman with the S-word. Papazian has established an exploratory committee to craft her campaign and file her official papers with the Federal Election Commission.
If she hasn’t already done the latter, then she was beaten to the punch by our old friend James Dillon.
Dillon, who challenged Crowley in the past and was all set to do so last year before he was defeated by Ocasio-Cortez, sent us a letter last week letting us know that he has officially filed with the FEC to run in 2020.
At least we think that’s what this letter says. Truthfully, we can’t decipher the second sentence at all!
But we can tell from copies of the paperwork that he also sent that he plans to run as a Democrat, which means there will be a primary in 2020 before the general election.
Given the lightning rod that is AOC for the GOP and others, there’s bound to be more candidates who hope to follow in her footsteps in at least one regard, and that is by unseating an incumbent in the 14th Congressional District for the second election in a row.