Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Millennial beats veteran Democrat

Jun 28, 2018, 17:59
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Millennial beats veteran Democrat

Ocasio-Cortez's campaign framed Crowley's leadership position as a weakness, taking advantage of the anti-establishment fervor that has animated both Democrats and Republicans in recent years. -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez " I think we need to look at the damaging legislative history of what we've done with our taxes", said Ocasio-Cortez. She also worked for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

A stunning upset win against a longtime Democratic incumbent in the NY primaries has many talking about a "Democratic Spring".

She is expected to win the blue district easily in November. Asked why she thought her message resonated with voters, Ocasio-Cortez said, "I think a lot of working-class Americans and voters here have been waiting for an unapologetic champion for economic, social and racial dignity in the United States".

Maybe it depends on where you're standing, but when the results came in for the Democratic primary in New York's 14 Congressional District, I could feel the earth move-and I'm writing this from London.

The Republican candidate for the office, Anthony Pappas, is running unopposed and had no primary. It sounded like a insane idea, but she said yes because Crowley hadn't faced a primary opponent in 14 years.

Crowley is the No. 4 House Democrat who was considered a potential successor to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"Ocasio-Cortez responded to the tweet by quoting Pressley, "'The people closest to the pain should be closest to the power.' -@AyannaPressley. "She just has this energy that's so motivated and ready just to work and make things happen", Vahedi says.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a top Democrat who has a political action committee created to support women candidates, endorsed her opponent Mr Crowley.

Just two days before the primary, Ocasio-Cortez left her campaign in the hands of grassroots supporters and traveled to Texas to highlight her opposition to the Trump administration's separation of migrant families at the border with Mexico.

The political novice, who describes herself as a socialist Democrat, had huge grassroots support. She ran on a platform of Medicare for All, abolishing Ice and a federal jobs guarantee.

If Ocasio-Cortez defeats the Republican candidate, Anthony Pappas, in the predominantly Democratic district in November, she would dethrone Elise Stefanik, a Republican representative from central NY, as the youngest woman ever elected to Congress (Stefanik was 30 when she took office in 2015).

"It was clear that no one else was going to do it", she said.

Her stunning victory was no surprise to those who knew Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during her years as a student at Boston University.

President Donald Trump blasted Crowley, a fellow Queens native who has been a harsh critic.

Since telling her supporters in weekend remarks that they should harass officials in Trump's government wherever they appear in public, Trump has made Waters, a California congresswoman, a centerpiece of his attacks. "This is a unique race in many, many ways". Not anymore. You can't wave the progressive flag, as Crowley had begun to, and vote for the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, and take gobs of cash from Wall Street. Who's the new leader?

In Colorado, the seat for governor is open and Democratic Rep. Jared Polis will represent the party in November against Republican victor Walker Stapleton. "Through frequent conversations with her, it didn't take long for me to agree".

Variety pulled straight from the AP's book: "U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley defeated by young challenger in Democratic primary in NY".

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