AOC endorses lieutenant governor candidate Ana María Archila

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is giving a last-minute boost to left-wing lieutenant governor contender Ana María Archila in her bid against Gov. Kathy Hochul’s No. 2, the insurgent’s campaign announced Wednesday.

AOC’s endorsement comes with the election less than a week away — and as Mayor Eric Adams and the progressive federal lawmaker engage in proxy battles for control of Albany.

In a morning press release, Archila gushed that she is “incredibly honored” to earn a thumbs up from Ocasio-Cortez, calling her “a bold champion who fights every day to put the needs of working families before the wants of billionaires.”

“Her election showed New Yorkers’ hunger for leaders who will reject the expectation that our communities should just wait for what we need, and forcefully demand that our needs come first,” the statement continued.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is giving a last-minute endorsement to left-wing lieutenant governor contender Ana María Archila.
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The contender to be New York State’s second-in-command added that AOC “models every day the type of leadership that I plan to bring to the lieutenant governor’s office: that we must stand up with working people to demand affordable housing, fair wages, access to health care, and a livable planet, and that we must be willing to stand up to the billionaires and the powerful who get in the way.”

Ocasio-Cortez is scheduled Monday, a day before the June 28 primary, to participate in a Archila campaign event, according to the New York Times, which first reported on the endorsement.

Archila, seeking to become New York’s first Latina statewide elected official, will face off against Antonio Delgado — whom Hochul chose in early May as lieutenant governor following the resignation of her federally indicted former No. 2, Brian Benjamin.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., left, walks with her State of the Union guest Ana Maria Archila to Speaker Pelosi's office before President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez walks with her State of the Union guest Ana Maria Archila before Donald Trump’s State of the Union on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.
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While recent polls show Hochul enjoys a comfortable lead over fellow Democratic gubernatorial contenders Rep. Tom Suozzi and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Delgado, sworn in on May 25, could face a stronger challenge in his own race.

AOC’s endorsement of Archila comes on the heels of her granting support for multiple state legislative office contenders who are up against more moderate Democratic rivals of whom Adams approves.

The retired NYPD captain recently endorsed the re-election bid of Harlem Assemblywoman Inez Dickens — one of the first black lawmakers to call for changes to criminal justice reforms for which the mayor has advocated. Ocasio-Cortez is putting her weight behind housing activist Delsenia Glover, who is seeking to topple the incumbent.

Ana Maria Archila
Ana Maria Archila gushed that she is “incredibly honored” to earn a thumbs up from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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Additionally, Adams signaled his support of veteran Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, while AOC is backing her former staffer, Jonathan Soto, in the 82nd Assembly District contest.