I see the old Trojan Horse candidate ploy is still going strong in New York City politics. It seems a "former" (?) supporter of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be running "against" (?) her as a Democrat in Republican clothing.
The launch of a “republican” political challenger in NY-14 to challenge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sherie Murray, follows a very familiar political ploy…. A fake candidate intended to protect AOC in 2020. In June of 2018 Sherie Murray was an avid AOC supporter.
In the last 36 hours you may have seen “republican” candidate Sherie Murray promoted, seemingly out of nowhere, by a variety of media platforms (social media and traditional). However, when there is an obviously coordinated effort to push a rapid high visibility roll-out; and that effort is for a singular congressional district; it is always worth doing some background research.
Having watched this type of political scheme for several years; and accepting people for what they do, not what they claim to be; in my opinion Murray is likely in place to protect AOC in the 2020 race.
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Is it possible that Scherie Murray was a strong activist supporter of President Obama and candidate AOC in the primary of 2018 and then suddenly had a change of heart in 2019 after seeing AOC’s political activism in action?….
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In addition to noting how Murray is not responding to any inquiry about her prior political support and ideology…. well, just, trust your gut instinct.
There's more at the link.
The ploy is very old, and very familiar. There are numerous variations on the theme.
- Fake candidate wins nomination, withdraws before election, "opponent" wins by default.
- Fake candidate draws votes away from most likely contender, causing another, weaker candidate (i.e. easier to beat at the polls) to be nominated.
- Real candidate is term-limited out, or knows they're going to be beaten: so their party nominates a fake "opposition" candidate, in the hope that the protest vote against the incumbent will elect someone who'll continue their policies. (This happened in Congo last year during the presidential elections, in "a deal made by [winner] Tshisekedi and outgoing President Kabila".)
Wash, rinse, repeat.
The saying used to be that "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time". Now it's the last phrase, modified: "You can fool enough of the people all of the time, if you're
Let the buyer (and the voter) beware. I'm sure this is only the first such incident to be publicized in connection with the 2020 election. There will doubtless be many more.