Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upsets Rep. Joe Crowley in New York Democratic primary
Jun 28 2018 by Lorena Waters
In the weeks leading up to Tuesday's primary, the consensus among party insiders-and even progressives with a passing familiarity with NY politics-was that she didn't have a shot in hell at the seat.
NY politics was rocked on Tuesday night when an upstart challenger named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez soundly defeated Congressman Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary. Ocasio-Cortez asked her fellow students that day, according to BU's student newspaper The Daily Free Press.
A second tweet suggested Trump saw the result as a means to rally right-wing Republicans as Democrat rank and file push further left against the party's cautious and moderate establishment leadership.
Crowley was chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and was considered a possible future speaker.
Following an event in the Bronx, Cuomo broke down the race by saying there "was a minority community, largely in this district, that is afraid, that is angry, that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez did a very good job of connecting with", the New York Post reported.
"We overthink some of the elections and we look for some kind of subliminal message from the voters, as if they've been meeting en masse, and I don't think that happened", Cleaver said. She was unafraid of calling out corporatism and capitalism. An early profile in the Intercept, she said, was "a game-changer", leading to more interviews and profiles that led with the audacity of her challenge, then got to her policies. "I don't think that we should respond by actively harming and potentially putting people's lives in danger". Sandy is also heart and soul real.
"I've worked with expectant mothers, I've waited tables, and led classrooms, and going into politics wasn't in the plan", she said in the ad. Ocasio-Cortez, who was born and raised in the community she hopes to represent, ran as a Democratic Socialist.
Other people have also being paying attention to Ocasio-Cortez during her run, including Emmy-nominated filmmakers Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick. "We are fighting for an unapologetic movement for economic, social, and racial justice in the United States", said Ocasio-Cortez. On Twitter after the debate, she noted that Palma, also Latina, bore a "slight resemblance to me". Until legislation could be passed ending the electoral advantage held by organized money, Democrats could never win elections by relying on organized people alone, and it would take Democratic victories to defeat Citizens United ― or so the argument went.
The ultimate tribute may have come from her vanquished opponent. He lost Queens by an even larger margin than the Bronx, and overall he's losing by about 15 points with most of the vote in.