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Republican Jamaican immigrant is latest to run for AOC’s seat

Scherie Murray, a Jamaican-born woman who grew up in Queens and founded a TV production and advertising company, plans to run for the congressional seat held by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, according to a report.

“There is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC,” Murray, 38, told Fox News. “And instead of focusing on us, she’s focusing on being famous. Mainly rolling back progress and authoring the job-killing Green New Deal and killing the Amazon New York deal.”

The Republican, who moved to the US when she was 9, slams the New York progressive darling in an introductory video.

“Your representative in Washington chooses self-promotion over service, conflict over constituents, resistance over assistance,” Murray says in the video.

“Queens and the Bronx needs someone who will create jobs instead of turning them away.”

Asked about AOC’s brand of Democratic socialism, Murray told Fox News: “I think it’s far, far to the left and it is not connecting with everyday Americans.”

As for “Medicare-for-all,” which Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has backed, Murray said: “Medicare-for-all, I think a lot of people are happy with their current health insurance.”

And on the Green New Deal, the climate change plan championed by AOC, she said: “We know that it certainly will kill jobs.”

Murray joins four other Republicans — former cop John Cummings, journalist Ruth Papazian, construction contractor Miguel Hernandez and businessman Antoine Tucker — who have filed to run for her seat.

So far, no Democrats have announced a primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez, who shocked the Democratic Party establishment in 2018 by toppling Rep. Joe Crowley in a primary.

Murray, a full-time mom who worked for the city’s Jamaica Bus Depot as a teen, founded a TV production and advertising company called The Esemel Group in 2004.

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