Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s New PAC

Grind for February 26th
“It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.”

– Voltaire

Deja Vu

The Headline

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launches new PAC to support like-minded candidates

The Grind

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has launched a new political group to help progressive candidates in 2020 congressional races, just as Justice Democrats helped her defeat Joe Crowley in 2018.

The group, dubbed “Courage to Change,” has raised $340,000 in the past month.

Courage to Change is designed to “reward challengers and incumbents who display political courage – people who refuse to bow to establishment pressure, who advocate ferociously for working-class families, and who have lived the same struggles as the people they seek to represent.”

As specified on the group’s website, Course to Change and its endorsed candidates will eschew all corporate PAC donations in favor of grassroots support.

The Details

Not surprisingly, all candidates endorsed so far are female; several have never served in Congress; five are women of color; and many are running against candidates backed by party campaign committees.

When asked how she could support candidates who intend to challenge incumbent Democrats in the House, AOC replied, “We have to be very careful about where the balance of the party is…I think we need to take progressives in the party as seriously as we’re taking conservatives in the party.”

House Democrats are expected to pay dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to help their colleagues. AOC has not paid her dues this cycle.

Are You Kidding Me

The Headline

The man suing two presidential candidates

The Grind

George Zimmerman, the man who famously shot Trayvon Martin in 2012, is suing presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren for defamation and malice.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, argues that Buttigieg and Warren portrayed Zimmerman as a “white supremacist and racist to their millions of Twitter followers.”

Buttigieg and Warren both posted messages this week honoring what would have been Martin’s 25th birthday:

“How many 25th birthdays have been stolen from us by white supremacy, gun violence, prejudice, and fear?” wrote Buttigieg.

“We need to end gun violence and racism. And we need to build a world where all of our children – especially young Black boys – can grow up safe and free,” wrote Warren.

The Details

Zimmerman was working as a security guard for a gated community in Sanford, Florida when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense. The incident was widely portrayed as a hate crime because the shooter was white and armed and the victim was black and unarmed.

“The obvious intent of Buttigieg and Warren’s tweets is alleged race baiting, in an attempt to draw African American votes during this Democrat presidential primary season,” argues Zimmerman’s attorney, Larry Klayman. “Both defendants…are alleged in the complaint to have acted with actual malice, as it is widely known that Zimmerman was acquitted of murder based on self-defense.”

As noted in the suit, Buttigieg and Warren have both struggled to gain support from black voters.

“It is high time that the cheap and harmful use of the race card by politicians of all stripes be made to cease and desist,” continues Klayman. “Their despicable ‘race tactics’ are not only causing great harm to persons such as my client…but also are damaging relations between black and white Americans who are all brothers.”

Zimmerman’s lawsuit seeks $265 million for the “loss of good will and reputation.”

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