The 2022 campaign season for Alexandria Occasio Cartes has already begun.
Republican Desi Koeler – a former bartender like AOC – formed a campaign committee in June to challenge Congresswomen, and this week released her first attack advertisement.
Koeler, 34, told The Post: “The AOC is running and promoting a lot of left-wing policies and it has made me feel like I have to do something because I’m in my area. I don’t see anyone else doing anything about it. “
Despite just months into the race, the candidate says he has already bankrolled nearly 000 60,000 and met with local GOP police – including Patrick McManus, leader of the Bronx Conservative Party. Who met with Koehler on Friday.
“It looks like she’s going to be a positive thing compared to our current Congresswoman,” McManus said.
Her web ad reveals her Cuban roots and working class credentials, a strategy that has long worked for the AOC – Puerto Rican, the daughter of a Westchester architect
“I am a testament to the fact that there is an opportunity for anyone in this country, that the United States is capable of fighting for it, that our values and our constitutional rights set us apart from the rest of the world.” Says Koiler. “But my opponent AOC is doing everything it can to save the lives of countless Americans,” the ad said.
About two minutes away, Koeler’s personal story is heavily leaned on as the son of an immigrant who fled Fidel Castro’s communist government and his “gun squad” of Ocasio Cartes and the Democratic Socialist Congress allies. Aims hard at.
“I’m here to tell the AOC that the party is over,” he says in Spanish.
After moving to Queens in 2013, Koeler said he worked mostly in hospitality and spent five months homeless when those jobs dried up in 2018.
He still has traces of those days, including more. ٹیکس 1200 in back tax. He is still indebted to New York State, he said, adding that he is “working.”
“It was a very difficult time for me. It was very difficult and painful and humiliating,” he said, recalling those days.
Koehler enlisted in the New York Army National Guard in 2015 and left active service this year to begin his campaign.