One of the Republican candidates challenging Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has dropped out of the primary race, blaming Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “draconian” lockdown restrictions prevented her from being able to campaign, according to Fox News.
Scherie Murray has dropped out of the primary race.
During a segment on “Fox & Friends First,” Murray said “It’s unfortunate, but what we’ve learned is the governor’s selective executive orders have really put a wrench into my campaign.”
“He had the choice to change the election in ways for which it could have been a more democratic process, but instead he chose to leave portions of the designating nominating petition process open to challenges and unfortunately I succumbed to challenges from my opponent and the local establishment.”
“The governor’s draconian, heavy-handed, ill-advised executive orders not only killed our most vulnerable population, but it also killed our opportunity to ballot and it really infringed upon my First Amendment rights,” Murray said.
“To add insult to injury we sourced a vendor who we tasked in good faith to collect qualifying petition signatures and according to the overarching entity, the New York City Board of Elections, unfortunately, that vendor violated New York state election laws so it was a double whammy for the campaign with the governor’s executive order,” Murray said.
“Had he not selectively changed portions of that petition process perhaps we could have prevailed,” she continued, adding that “it’s a tough pill to swallow.”
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Host Todd Piro pointed out that Cuomo had issued 11 executive orders since March 12.
He then noted that “critics would say other candidates were able to deal with those executive orders and remain on the ballot” and asked her how she would respond to the critics.
New York’s primary election is on June 23. Murray was up against a retired police officer John Cummings for the Republican spot. Ocasio-Cortez is facing several Democratic primary challengers, including from former CNBC host Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.