Democrat grandee ousted by far-left political novice

Democrat grandee ousted by far-left political novice

Democrat grandee ousted by far-left political novice

A 28-year-old socialist latinx woman running against the fourth most powerful Democrat in the House of Representatives, Joe Crowley, probably didn't raise many alarms within the political establishment that seems hellbent on ignoring a growing desire for the Democratic Party to move left.

Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday described Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won a major victory on Tuesday in New York's Democratic Party congressional primary election, as the "new face" of the Democratic Party.

"Women have a harder time being seen as legitimate", Ocasio-Cortez said, referring specifically to Nixon and NY state attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout, all progressive candidates who join Ocasio-Cortez's call to abolish ICE.

Khanna, who had endorsed both Crowley and Ocasio-Cortez, argued that the young candidate's victory underlined the need for the Democratic party to double-down on progressive values.

"I think what's going on is that working class Americans are looking for a fierce and unapologetic champion" she said.

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

Since New York District 14 historically overwhelmingly votes Democrat, is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a sure win in November?

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On her wish list are lots of things unlikely to pass a Congress held by either Republicans or centrist Democrats.

Shapiro downplayed the fact Ocasio-Cortez won a primary in a heavily blue district, noting that the politics of the South Bronx and northern Queens is not indicative of the rest of the country.

On Tuesday night she tweeted, "We have been embraced".

Crowley blew off two debates with Ocasio-Cortez, earning him a scathing critique in the New York Times.

He was expected to run for Democratic leader in the event Pelosi decided not to - she says she is planning to - or had trouble securing enough votes on the floor.

"This race is about people versus money-we've got people, they've got money".

And though Ocasio-Cortez moved back to NY after college, she's not entirely shying away from MA politics. Driven nearly entirely by young people, the campaign brought together seasoned activists, many of them DSA members, with people newly energised by Alexandria's passionate championing of progressive ideals: "universal healthcare, abolishing ICE and taxing the rich". There are almost 236,000 Democrats registered in the 14th Congressional District, which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens.

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"We saw these numbers coming in, we couldn't believe it".

While Ocasio-Cortez still has to beat Republican Anthony Pappas in November's general election to make it to Congress, it should be an easy victory.

"So many people would talk about Sandy and how great she was", she said. "People around the country, everywhere I go, are helping us elect more Democrats, progressives, women, people of color".

Despite defeating the 10-term congressman, Ocasio-Cortez defended him on Thursday after attacks from President Trump.

"I was really motivated", said Daniel Puerto, 26, who immigrated to the US from Colombia.

She's a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. Speaking from New York, Max Crema tells me why the primary was triggered in the first place.

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