NEW YORK (AP) – Republican Congress candidate Anthony Pappas knows he has almost no chance of beating emerging Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
But the professor of Johannes University is grateful that the public surrounds her too Attention to his campaign, which is focused on the reform of justice after his own bitter divorce.
"Of course you want to win, but you also have to be realistic," Pappas said in an interview on campus this past week. "But politics is now unpredictable and you can say that anything can happen."
Indeed, Ocasio-Cortez himself was the outsider, of whom only a few people outside the Bronx-Queens district had heard last month when she angered a 10-year-old representative Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary. This brought national attention to the 28-year-old progressive and her positions for universal health care, school-free college and federal unemployment benefits.
Pappas, a 72-year-old economist, said he would challenge Ocasio-Cortz on how she intends to pay for such programs. But in his interview, Pappas wanted to talk mainly about his decades of divorce disputes with the judicial system, which ended with the finding that he abused his wife and even imposed veiled threats against a judge.
"I am motivated by my personal experience," said Pappas.
Pappas says a jury misunderstood when she granted his wife Maria Pappas a divorce based on cruel and inhumane treatment Judge Stanley Gartenstein understood it wrong when he interpreted a letter from Pappas saying he could "become a crusader" as a threat Judge Hope Schwartz Zimmerman had done it wrong in 2013 when she discovered that Maria Pappas was "afraid of the husband" and issued an injunction.
Pappas denied that he was insulting and said his ex-wife had invented everything.
Maria Pappas did not respond to phone calls calling for a comment.
Some of the couple's divorce proceedings were In a lawsuit filed by Pappas against three judges, his ex-wife and her lawyer, he revealed that Judge Pappas's testimony was considered "insults" and claimed to be in an unstable state of mind after his wife filed for divorce.
At one stage of the trial, Judge Gartenstein was so threatened that he prevented Pappas from reaching into his pocket for his glasses. Pappas rejects the judge's concerns as "hallucinations".
Pappas hopes to lead his crusade to Washington, but faces great difficulties, especially since he has yet to report any campaign contributions. A Republican has not won in this area since 1920, and Democrats numerically registered Republicans about 6: 1 in the district.
The Republican Party of Queens County, which supported Pappas, did not respond to requests for comment.  A spokesman for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declined to comment on Pappas. Campaign manager Virginia Ramos Rios said they did not take the general election for granted.