With more than a year to go until Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer faces a potential primary challenge for the seat he\u0026#039;s held for nearly two decades in New York, the state\u0026#039;s Democratic leadership is already expressing concern that progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will run against Schumer.In an interview with the New York Post, state Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs said Saturday that a challenge by Ocasio-Cortez would be driven more by the congresswoman\u0026#039;s \u0022ambition\u0022 than a need for new representation for New York in the U.S. Senate.\u0022She has a constituency that admires her and supports her, and they\u0026#039;re in her community, and I think it would be a loss for them if she were to do that,\u0022 Jacobs told The Post, despite the fact that Ocasio-Cortez\u0026#039;s current constituents in The Bronx and Queens would still be represented by her in the upper chamber should she win Schumer\u0026#039;s seat.\u0026nbsp;Ocasio-Cortez has not directly expressed a desire to challenge the four-term senator, but has been vocal since she first ran for office in 2018 about her belief that the Democratic Party must better represent working people by embracing policy proposals that Schumer and other centrists reject.\u0026nbsp;Earlier this month, the congresswoman told The Intercept that while she is \u0022not ready\u0022 to take over the role of House Speaker from Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), she believes \u0022we need new leadership in the Democratic Party.\u0022She directly criticized establishment Democrats\u0026#039; embrace of the Affordable Care Act and their insistence that the law—which has left nearly 30 million Americans uninsured and healthcare spending on the rise—should be \u0022strengthened\u0022 instead of replaced with Medicare for All.\u0026nbsp;\u0022For me personally, it was when I was waitressing and I would hear Democrats talk about why the Affordable Care Act was so amazing all the time and how this is the greatest thing ever and the economy is doing wonderfully,\u0022 she told The Intercept of how she decided to run for Congress in 2018. \u0022Frankly, it is the same trick that Trump pulls, which is, you know, people touting the Dow as a\u0026nbsp;measure of economic success\u0026nbsp;when we’re all getting killed out here.\u0022\u0026nbsp;Although Jacobs described Schumer as \u0022a progressive force,\u0022 he has not embraced Sen. Bernie Sanders\u0026#039; (I-Vt.) Medicare for All proposal. Recent polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation has shown that 87% of Democratic voters and 63% of Independents have a positive view of the term \u0022Medicare for All,\u0022 and 53% of the public favors expanding Medicare to all Americans under a national healthcare plan.\u0026nbsp;Jacobs\u0026#039; comments and other efforts by establishment Democrats to discourage Ocasio-Cortez\u0026#039;s political ambitions only serve to divide the party, tweeted grassroots organization Our Revolution.\u0026nbsp;\u0022The Establishment should embrace progressive ideas that over\u0026nbsp;85% of Democrats already support!\u0022 the group said.\u0026nbsp;Instead of dividing\u0026nbsp;our party, The Establishment should embrace progressive ideas that over\u0026nbsp;85% of Democrats already support! #ReformTheDNC @DNC@AOC https://t.co/yTw5u6ieKL— Our Revolution (@OurRevolution) December 28, 2020In an interview with Vanity Fair in October, Ocasio-Cortez said that while she doesn\u0026#039;t believe she is \u0022going to be staying in the House forever,\u0022 she aims to assess where \u0022can be more effective\u0022 before running for a Senate seat or filling a cabinet position.\u0026nbsp;\u0022I don\u0026#039;t see myself really staying where I\u0026#039;m at for the rest of my life,\u0022 she told the magazine. \u0022I don\u0026#039;t want to aspire to a quote-unquote higher position just for the sake of that title or just for the sake of having a different or higher position. I truly make an assessment to see if I can be more effective. And so, you know, I don\u0026#039;t know if I could necessarily be more effective in an administration, but, for me that\u0026#039;s always what the question comes down to.\u0022Oliver Willis of the American Independent noted that the Democratic Party\u0026#039;s underestimation of Ocasio-Cortez in 2018, when she challenged powerful nine-term congressman Joe Crowley, is now being repeated by her detractors, including Jacobs.\u0026nbsp;considering the\u0026nbsp;events that led to aoc currently sitting in congress, warning her off a challenge\u0026nbsp;to a senator is probably stupid https://t.co/e563hglUr2— Oliver Willis (@owillis) December 27, 2020Others on social media wrote that considering Ocasio-Cortez\u0026#039;s national profile and her strong support for numerous popular policies—including Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and tuition-free public college—the congresswoman would have a strong chance of defeating Schumer.Please @AOC! Please do it!\u0026nbsp;Please challenge @SenSchumerIn 2022!New York\u0026nbsp;Democratic Party chairman warns Ocasio-Cortez against challenging Schumer https://t.co/BAGYPfMgJ8— Miguel Serrat (@Miguelserratoff) December 28, 2020The AOC stan\u0026nbsp;army would move en masse across state lines to knock doors s before\u0026nbsp;Schumer\u0026#039;s consultants could formulate a tweet about his support of\u0026nbsp;the public option. Party fossils need to understand that AOC IS the BTS of elected officials.https://t.co/zjr2jR3wAI— Fred (@WaywardWinifred) December 28, 2020\u0022The AOC stan\u0026nbsp;army would move en masse across state lines to knock doors before\u0026nbsp;Schumer\u0026#039;s consultants could formulate a tweet about his support of\u0026nbsp;the public option,\u0022 tweeted Winnie Wong, a former adviser to Sanders\u0026#039; presidential campaign.