Rep. Joe Crowley upset in stunning NY Democratic primary loss
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 28, 2018,
Jun 28, 2018, 20:10
In honor of the 28-year-old, first-time politician's triumph, here are five things you should know about congressional candidate Alexandria. When she breezes to victory over token Republican opposition in November, she will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Cynthia Nixon and Zephyr Teachout were Ocasio-Cortez's highest profile local supporters. And second, she needs to learn how to run in heels.
"The community is ready for a movement of economic and social justice". She was Crowley's first opponent in 14 years. "I, myself, when my family was struggling to make ends meet, I had a day job and I waitressed and I bartend, and I was shoulder-to-shoulder with undocumented people in the back of house".
Ocasio-Cortez, who less than a year ago was earning money by waiting tables while she launched her winning campaign, said that the outcome came as a surprise. As she stated in a campaign ad that went viral, "Women like me aren't supposed to run for office". She had a strong grassroots bid, and won the endorsement of some groups on the Democratic Party's far left, like MoveOn. Over the weekend she visited the border to protest Trump administration immigration policy and enforcement.
Ocasio-Cortez also supports a federal $15 minimum wage as well as paid child and sick leave. "It's to say that no individual's civil rights are to be violated". She was unafraid of calling out corporatism and capitalism.
In the same way that Ocasio-Cortez defied the odds to defeat Crowley, a 10-term veteran who also is the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, Pressley is looking to prove political handicappers wrong by defeating Capuano in the September 4 primary.
A few congressional districts away, in Brooklyn, Adem Bunkeddeko, a young community activist, came just 1,000 votes away from beating the veteran incumbent Rep. Yvette Clarke. Like, people usually avoid apartment buildings, but her staff was actually climbing stairs to knock on multiple doors instead of waiting for the elevator.
During her campaign, she criticised Mr Crowley on his ties to Wall Street and accused him of being out of touch with his increasingly diverse constituents.
Ms. Ocasio-Ortiz topped Mr. Crowley by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin in a district that encompasses parts of the Bronx and Queens boroughs of NY and is almost 80 percent nonwhite.
Pelosi, who is under pressure to step aside and pave the way for a new generation, insisted that the victory for the left wing of the party was not representative of a wider trend.
In a district where the Census Bureau estimates that 45 per cent of residents were born outside the US, Ocasio-Cortez made immigration and Latino representation a campaign centrepiece.
Ocasio-Cortez and Sullivan were both student speakers at BU's Martin Luther King Jr. It's early, but the win could be viewed as a potential victory for NY restaurant workers, who routinely endure long hours, low pay, high-cost health care, and insanely high rent.
But ahead of the November midterm elections and the 2020 presidential race, questions remain about whether the wins signal a permanent leftward shift for the party or resulted from factors specific to those races.