Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hitting the national campaign trail this week with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to stump for other left-wing candidates, even as the upstart 28-year-old democratic socialist’s rising profile continues to rankle top Democrats.
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez are expected to campaign on July 20 for two congressional candidates seeking to unseat Republican incumbents in Kansas: James Thompson in Wichita, and former Sanders delegate Brent Welder in the suburbs of Kansas City.
But Ocasio-Cortez is also set to support several progressives seeking to supplant Democratic incumbents elsewhere — alarming Democratic leaders and pundits who worry that her rising national profile and far-left politics might fracture the party ahead of critical midterm elections.
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On July 28 and 29, Ocasio-Cortez will visit Michigan to lend her national spotlight to Abdul El-Sayed, 33, a progressive candidate for governor. She will travel throughout Michigan, stopping in places including Grand Rapids, Flint, and Detroit.
El-Sayed is Detroit’s ex-public health commissioner and looks to upset Democratic former State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer.
“Alexandria’s victory was a proof of concept for campaigns like ours,” El-Sayed told The Washington Post.