The 2022 marketing campaign season has already kicked off for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Republican Desi Cuellar — who, like AOC, is an ex-bartender — fashioned a marketing campaign committee in June to problem the congresswoman, and this week launched his first assault advert.

“AOC is running and propagating so many leftist policies and it has forced me to feel like I have to do something because I don’t see anyone else doing anything about it in my area,” Cuellar, 34, instructed The Post.

Despite being simply months into the race, the candidate says he’s already banked about $60,000 and held conferences with native GOP pols — together with Bronx Conservative Party chief Patrick McManus, who met with Cuellar on Friday.

“He seems like he would be a positive thing comparatively to our current congresswoman,” McManus mentioned, including that one other assembly with Cuellar was seemingly.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) (3rd L) speaks as (L-R) Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol June 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. Speaker Pelosi held a news conference to announce members of the newly established Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 16: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) (third L) speaks as (L-R) Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) pay attention throughout a information convention on the U.S. Capitol June 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. Speaker Pelosi held a information convention to announce members of the newly established Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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His net advert touts his Cuban roots and working-class credentials, a technique that has lengthy labored for AOC — the Puerto Rican daughter of a Westchester architect.

“I am proof that opportunity exists for anyone in this country, that America is worth fighting for, that our values and our constitutional rights set us apart from the rest of the world,” Cuellar says within the advert. “But my opponent AOC is doing everything she can to undo what countless Americans have died to preserve.”

The practically two-minute spot leans closely on Cuellar’s private story because the son of immigrants who fled Fidel Castro’s communist regime and takes powerful goal at Ocasio-Cortez and her “goon squad” of Democratic-Socialist congressional allies.

“I’m here to tell AOC that the party is over,” he says in Spanish.

Since transferring to Queens in 2013, Cuellar mentioned he labored principally in hospitality and when these jobs dried up in 2018, he spent 5 months homeless.

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He nonetheless bears scars from these days, together with greater than $1,200 in again taxes he nonetheless owes to New York State, one thing he mentioned he’s “working on.”

“It was a very difficult time for me. It was very trying and uncomfortable and humiliating,” he mentioned, recalling these days.

Cuellar enlisted within the New York Army National Guard in 2015 and left energetic service this yr with the intention to launch his marketing campaign.

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