How Democrats in Congress Responded to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Surprise Win

Charlene Craig
July 1, 2018

First-time candidate and 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated one of the most powerful Democrats in the country Tuesday night in a Queens/Bronx congressional primary that was supposed to be a sure thing for the incumbent Joe Crowley.

Ocasio-Cortez adds that "getting into Twitter fights with the president" is "not where we're going to find progress as a nation".

A shocking upset in a congressional primary could have major implications for the Democratic Party. Are they, finally, willing to learn the lessons from Clinton's defeat and the growing movement towards real progressive politics - or will they bury their heads in the sand?

Ms Ocasio-Cortez posted on Twitter after Ms Gillibrand's endorsement that the NY senator "didn't even bother to talk to nor consider me before endorsing".

Ocasio-Cortez, a former organizer for Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign, ran on a decidely progressive agenda.

Enter Ocasio-Cortez: she beat out Crowley in the primary for New York's 14th District, which covers the eastern Bronx and north-central Queens. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland is 79 and Rep. Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat also in leadership, is 77.

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Mr. Crowley has been an outsized personality on Capitol Hill and was seen as a contender to succeed Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democrats.

"I think it's far too early to make those kinds of commitments right now", Ocasio-Cortez told CNN's Poppy Harlow on Wednesday when asked if she'd support Pelosi's leadership bid.

A trio of young progressives are attempting to beat three longtime Democratic incumbents in NY on Tuesday, something no challenger has done so far this primary season.

"So what's your problem?"

Crowley didn't ignore the race - he spent $3.4 million - but he may have hurt himself by failing to show up for two out of three scheduled debates with Ocasio-Cortez. So let's not get yourself carried away as an expert on demographics and the rest of that,"she said".

For his part, Crowley was gracious in defeat, saying he looks forward to supporting Ocasio-Cortez in November.

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The victories for Ocasio-Cortez and Jealous came just a day after The New York Times published a piece titled, "Bernie Sanders Is Winning Converts".

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As for her brand of socialism, Ocasio-Cortez says it is all about "democratic participation" and "economic, social, and racial dignity". "So what that means is health care as a human right". The Jerusalem Post said that Greenwald opened the discussion referring to "peaceful, unarmed protesters" killed on the Gaza-Israel border in the mid-May protests, although Israel and Hamas both note that 50 of the 62 killed were members of Hamas and were attempting to breach the border.

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Crowley, 56, now the powerful chairman of the House Democratic Caucus who was seen as a potential future House Speaker, was unseated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a socialist who is nearly half his age.

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