April 10, 2021


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AOC: The Perfect Republican Senate Candidate

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In an article last year about the shortcomings of Republicans, I stated that outspoken Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was more conservative than the majority of Republican House members.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or AOC as she likes to be called, represents New York’s 14th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district includes parts of the Bronx and Queens.

No doubt some thought that my characterization of AOC as more conservative than the majority of Republican House members was hyperbole. No doubt others thought that AOC scoring higher than Republican House members on the New American magazine’s “Freedom Index” was just an anomoly.

Both groups are wrong. AOC is, in fact, the perfect Republican Senate Candidate.

The third (and final) edition of “The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution” for the 116th Congress has just been published. Like the previous indexes, it “rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements.” The index looks at ten key pieces of legislation and scores members of Congress based on how they voted. Scores are derived by dividing a congressman’s constitutional votes by the total number of votes cast and multiplying by 100. So, the higher the score the better.

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This edition of the “Freedom Index” tracks congressional votes in the House on police, Washington, D.C., statehood, federal highway and transit programs, public lands, removing statutes from the Capitol, pregnant workers, sustainable energy, appropriations/coronavirus (parts 1 & 2), and the NDAA.

AOC scored 30 percent, down from the 60 percent she scored last time. The average House score was only 32 percent. AOC’s cumulative score, based on the three freedom indexes for the 116th Congress is 40 percent.

This edition of the “Freedom Index” tracks congressional votes in the Senate on waiving budgetary discipline, public lands, withdrawal from Afghanistan, semiconductor manufacturing subsidies, military spending, continuing appropriations, pre-existing health conditions, ObamaCare, and appropriations/coronavirus.

The average Senate score was 30 percent. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) scored a perfect 100 percent.

Twenty-seven Republican senators had a “Freedom Index” score equal to or less than AOC and forty Republican senators had a cumulative score equal to or less than AOC.

The following Republican senators had a cumulative “Freedom Index” score equal to or less than AOC:

  1. Lisa Murkowski (AK)
  2. Dan Sullivan (AK)
  3. Martha McSally (AZ)
  4. John Boozman (AR)
  5. Tom Cotton (AR)
  6. Cory Gardner (CO)
  7. Marco Rubio (FL)
  8. Todd Young (IN)
  9. Chuck Grassley (IA)
  10. Joni Ernst (IA)
  11. Pat Roberts (KS)
  12. Mitch McConnell (KY)
  13. Susan Collins (ME)
  14. Roger Wicker (MS)
  15. Roy Blunt (MO)
  16. Steve Daines (MT)
  17. Richard Burr (NC)
  18. Thom Tillis (NC)
  19. John Hoeven (ND)
  20. Kevin Cramer (ND)
  21. Rob Portman (OH)
  22. Lindsey Graham (SC)
  23. Tim Scott (SC)
  24. John Thune (SD)
  25. Alexander (TN)
  26. John Cornyn (TX)
  27. Shelly Capito (WV)

The following Republican senators had a cumulative “Freedom Index” score equal to or less than AOC:

  1. Richard Shelby (AL)
  2. Lisa Murkowski (AK)
  3. Dan Sullivan (AK)
  4. Martha McSally (AZ)
  5. John Boozman (AR)
  6. Tom Cotton (AR)
  7. Cory Gardner (CO)
  8. Marco Rubio (FL)
  9. David Perdue (GA)
  10. Kelly Lofler (GA)
  11. Mike Crapo (ID)
  12. James Risch (ID)
  13. Todd Young (IN)

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  14. Chuck Grassley (IA)
  15. Joni Ernst (IA)
  16. Pat Roberts (KS)
  17. Mitch McConnell (KY)
  18. Bill Cassidy (LA)
  19. Susan Collins (ME)
  20. Roger Wicker (MS)
  21. Cindy Hyde-Smith (MO)
  22. Roy Blunt (MO)
  23. Steve Daines (MT)
  24. Deb Fischer (NE)
  25. Richard Burr (NC)
  26. Thom Tillis (NC)
  27. John Hoeven (ND)
  28. Kevin Cramer (ND)
  29. Rob Portman (OH)
  30. Jim Inhofe (OK)
  31. James Lankford (OK)
  32. Lindsey Graham (SC)
  33. Tim Scott (SC)
  34. John Thune (SD)
  35. Mike Rounds (SD)
  36. Lamar Alexander (TN)
  37. John Cornyn (TX)
  38. Mit Romney (UT)
  39. Shelly Capito (WV)
  40. John Barrasso (WY)

AOC is not only more conservative than the majority of Republican House members, she is more conservative that the majority of Republican Senate members. She is the perfect Republican Senate candidate. New York senator Chuck Schumer is up for reelection in 2022. New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand is up for reelection in 2024. Run AOC, run. If you are a conservative and you live in New York, AOC is your best bet for a real conservative in the U.S. Senate.

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