A Republican candidate challenging Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) announced on May 25 that she has dropped out of the congressional GOP primary race, citing executive orders issued by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in response to the CCP virus pandemic as hindering the electoral process.
Scherie Murray, a businesswoman and Jamaican immigrant, announced the news in a statement issued on Monday.
BREAKING NEWS: Did you hear about this? “America, I promise you more and I will continue to #unitethefight for a prosperous and better future. Thank you so much for believing in me, a legal migrant from Jamaica, W.I. who came to America for a better life.” —Scherie Murray. pic.twitter.com/aOsaG6Upe7
— Scherie Murray (@ScherieMurray) May 26, 2020
“Governor Cuomos undemocratic Executive Orders overthrew New Yorks electoral process,” Murrays campaign said. “The right to access the ballot, freedom of association as a member of a political party, the exchange of ideas and free speech are so sacred that the Founding Fathers made it the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
“Notwithstanding, during the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Cuomos Executive Orders have gone unchecked, affirming the ability to silence Murrays First Amendment rights,” the statement continued.
“As long as avowed socialists are legislators, you can rest assured I will use my platform to advocate for the kitchen table issues of the toughest, hardest working New Yorkers,” Murray said. “This is not the end for Scherie Murray because I will continue to work hard.”
The announcement came days after she filed a filed a lawsuit against a contractor who was hired “in good faith” to obtain signatures on her behalf, but allegedly made errors.
Murrays campaign stated she faced “hurdles” including “a corrupt political establishment working to silence her.”
“To add insult to injury, the vendor hired to collect qualifying signatures to secure ballot access for the Republican Party nomination in the June 2020 Primary, violated New York State election laws,” her campaign said. “The vendor was hired in good faith, yet ultimately prevented Murray from qualifyinRead More From Source