Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y.’s political action committee, is encouraging potential candidates to submit to a litmus test, requiring their pledge to cut down on police funding.
Ocasio-Cortez’s extreme-left Courage to Change PAC released recently its “national questionnaire”, which is for candidates who are seeking to run for political office at the national and local levels.
A litmus test is hidden deep in the questionnaire to prospective endorsees. It requires anyone who seeks the blessing of the AOC-backed PAC to swear to defund the police.
The questionnaire asks: “If you are running for a legislative post, do your pledge to vote for the following? Alternately, if you are running for an executive or non-voting position on such matters, do your pledge to publicly support the following and work towards the attainment of the following?”
“A public safety strategy that reduces the annual budget for defense and law enforcement spending and redirects those funds to community resources and programs such as victim support and compensation funds, community schools, rehabilitation and reentry programs for incarcerated people. Courage to Change continues to be the progressive litmus test.
Several House Democrats who are vulnerable have taken money from AOC PAC before the 2022 midterm elections in Nov., including Reps Abigail Spanberger (Virginia), Colin Allred (Texas), and Cindy Axne (Iowa).
“These candidates took money from AOC and refused it to return it despite her demand for them to defund the police,” Mike Berg, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesperson, told Fox News Digital. “Democrats cannot be trusted to keep communities secure.”
Courage to change paid $5,000 to Allred, Axne, and Spanberger. Fox News Digital did not immediately respond to the requests for comment from any of the campaigns.