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GOP’s Joe Borelli trolls AOC’s City Council influence campaign


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting more than she bargained for in her effort to sway New York’s upcoming City Council races: a gleeful video takedown from a Republican foe.

When AOC’s Courage to Change PAC announced this week that the progressive firebrand was looking for locals to support in all 51 council districts, Councilman Joe Borelli (R-SI) decided to give it a shot.

“Let’s see if AOC and the socialists go with me this year,” the former Trump surrogate muses in a clip posted to YouTube Thursday.

Borelli got hold of AOC’s 29-page candidate questionnaire through a live link in the PAC’s press release — then filmed his incredulous reactions as he filled it out and sent it in.

“It just shows how absurd these people who want to govern us are,” Borelli told The Post. “It’s not a conspiracy theory anymore to say these socialists are trying to remake the city in their own image.”

Democratic Socialist AOC has used her PAC to shower cash on favored Democrats — doling out nearly $235,000 ahead of the 2020 elections and $155,000 in the first quarter of this year, according to the Federal Election Commission.

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Councilman Joe Borelli (R-SI) got hold of AOC’s Courage to Change PAC questionnaire and went through it in a video.
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Her wide-ranging candidate survey coaxes council hopefuls into making a passel of progressive promises on national issues like the Green New Deal and abolishing ICE.

“It’s a City Council race,” Borelli comments in disbelief. “City Council — no control over any of this.”

In one question, Ocasio-Cortez pushes endorsement seekers to eschew donations from the real estate industry.

“I don’t understand why she demonizes people in real estate,” Borelli grumbles. “It’s as though AOC doesn’t live in an apartment or a house. Like she just went out back and built a yurt.”

Another question asks for a list of “three (3) in-district movement groups that you are organizing with,” to prove the candidate’s grassroots bona fides.

“I went to a Blue Lives Matter gala last week,” Borelli responds in mock confusion, typing in the name of the pro-cop movement. “I don’t know, Little League? Let’s just hit Next.”

Candidates are also asked for a 500-word essay on their “vision and goals for your term as New York City Council Member.”

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Borelli pointed out that many of the national issues on the survey, like the Green New Deal, were not things that he had power over.
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Borelli’s snarky submission: “I hope to represent the needs and concerns of my constituents on the south shore of Staten Island, and generally oppose many of the far left and progressive policies that liberals on the city council may propose.”

The councilman is running for a second term in the deep-red 51st District, which elected him in 2017 with 80 percent of the vote.



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