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Politics Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Defeats Joseph Crowley in Major Democratic House Upset

05:50  27 june  2018
05:50  27 june  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

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“We have a chance to do here in New York what happened to Eric Cantor, ” she said, referring to the Republican House Majority Leader’s defea Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez wants to be a progressive alternati “I don’t think of myself as running from the left of Joe Crowley .

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Representative Joseph Crowley of New York during a news conference on Capitol Hill this month. Mr. Crowley lost the Democratic primary to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old political newcomer from the Bronx who worked as an organizer for Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. © Al Drago for The New York Times Representative Joseph Crowley of New York during a news conference on Capitol Hill this month. Mr. Crowley lost the Democratic primary to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old political newcomer from the Bronx who worked as an organizer for Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign.

Representative Joseph Crowley of New York, once seen as a possible successor to Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader of the House, suffered a shocking primary defeat on Tuesday, the most significant loss for a Democratic incumbent in years, and one that will reverberate across the party and the country.

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Bronx native Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez is a former campaign organizer for Bernie Sanders. Joseph Crowley in the Democratic primary on June 26. Photo Credit: Andy Hur. By Nicole Brown nicole.brown@amny.com @ncb417 Updated May 3, 2018 6:42 PM.

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Mr. Crowley was defeated by a 28-year-old political newcomer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former organizer for Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, who had declared it was time for generational, racial and ideological change.

The last time Mr. Crowley, 56, even had a primary challenger, in 2004, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was not old enough to vote.

Mr. Crowley, the No. 4 Democrat in the House, had drastically outspent his lesser-known rival to no avail, as Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign was lifted by an aggressive social media presence and fueled by attention from national progressives hoping to flex their muscle in a race against a potential future speaker.

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Ms. Ocasio-Cortez had used Mr. Crowley’s role in the leadership, and the fact that he was the head of the local Democratic Party, against him in her insurgent bid to upend the existing political class. She will face Anthony Pappas, the Republican candidate, in the November general election.

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  Who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? A day before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, clinched her remarkable Democratic primary victory in New York's 14th Congressional District, she took a moment to note how she was being described in the political press.A day before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, clinched her remarkable Democratic primary victory in New York's 14th Congressional District, she took a moment to note how she was being described in the political press.

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez ‏Verified account @Ocasio2018 13m13 minutes ago. “When asking New Yorkers for their vote, most candidates would begin by showing up. Not Representative Joseph Crowley .”

But Tea Party candidate Dave Brat beat Republican House majority leader Eric Cantor in 2014. Now Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez is hoping to do the same in 2018, and pull off the biggest anti-establishment upset of the year. The race has presented Crowley , who has represented the district since 1999

Mr. Crowley is the first Democrat in the nation to lose a primary in 2018. His loss is most significant for a congressional incumbent since Eric Cantor, then the No. 2 Republican in the House, fell short in 2014 to a Tea Party activist, David Brat.

Like that contest, the Crowley defeat is expected to shake up Congress, where Mr. Crowley was seen as one of the top contenders to replace Ms. Pelosi, if she stepped aside following the midterms.

With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez had an insurmountable lead over Mr. Crowley, 58 percent to 42 percent.

“It’s surreal,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said in a live television interview as the votes were being tallied showing her in the lead.

By then, the televisions were off at what was supposed to have been Mr. Crowley’s victory party.

a person standing next to a fence: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, was in Texas this week protesting the separation of immigrant children from their parents. © Joe Raedle/Getty Images Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, was in Texas this week protesting the separation of immigrant children from their parents. Mr. Crowley appeared rattled when he address the crowd. “I know you’re all trying your best to make me cry, but it’s not gonna happen,” he told his supporters.

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Meet Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez , the 28-year-old Bronx-born Latina socialist and former Bernie Sanders organizer who’s running to unseat 56-year-old Joe Crowley , a longtime incumbent who has his own ambitions of becoming Speaker of the House .

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Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is a native of the Bronx and a Latina in a district — which covers parts of Queens and the Bronx — that is majority-minority, a fact she emphasized repeatedly on the trail against Mr. Crowley, who is white.

“Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said at the start of a biographical video that went viral last month and was viewed more than half-a-million times.

She ran as a woman, as a young person, as a working-class champion, as an unabashed liberal and as a person of color. She piled up endorsements from national progressive groups in recent weeks and from Cynthia Nixon, who is running her own insurgent bid for governor against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

“What I see is that the Democratic Party takes working class communities for granted, they take people of color for granted and they just assume that we’re going to turn out no matter how bland or half-stepping these proposals are,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said in a recent interview about why she was running.

A member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez gathered endorsements from liberal groups like MoveOn, Democracy for America, and People for Bernie.

What does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's primary upset mean for Democrats?

  What does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's primary upset mean for Democrats? 28-year-old knocked out Rep. Joe Crowley, who had been considered a possible successor to leader Nancy PelosiSome of the shock may have worn off on Wednesday, but 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez, like the rest of her party, was still trying to make sense of her come-from-nowhere win. She knocked off the fourth-highest ranking House Democrat, 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley, who had been considered an heir apparent to leader Nancy Pelosi.

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez is facing a primary election tomorrow, June 26, in New York's 14th district as she seeks to take out the "King of Queens" Joe Crowley . She joins The Damage Report to talk with John Iadarola about her district, rejecting corporate campaign donations

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez , a young former Bernie Sanders organizer, is looking to dethrone longtime Congressman Joe Crowley in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez has a shot at a major upset .

In a surprise move, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez had left New York entirely in the final weekend before the election, traveling to Texas to protest the ongoing separation of children from their parents who crossed the border illegally.

That came on the heels of her call to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Mr. Crowley heated up his own rhetoric in response to her challenge, calling it a “fascist organization,” but stopped short of saying it should be dissolved.

Ten days before the primary, Mr. Crowley skipped a debate against Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, and instead sent a surrogate, a Latina former city councilwoman. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez called it “a bizarre twist” on Twitter to be seated across from someone “with slight resemblance to me” instead of her opponent.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez waged a sharp and sometimes personal campaign. She attacked Mr. Crowley for not living in the district and, specifically, sending his children to school in Virginia. When there was tear gas released on protesters in Puerto Rico, she tagged Mr. Crowley on Twitter and wrote, “You are responsible for this.”

Mr. Crowley’s loss stunned Democrats in Washington, where he had begun meeting with lawmakers in small groups in a quiet effort to prepare for a bid for the speakership.

The departure of the affable, guitar-strumming New Yorker leaves a gaping vacuum. He is the top-ranked Democrat in the House Democratic leadership under the age of 70. Representative Steny Hoyer, a longtime rival of Ms. Pelosi, now is freed from having to worry about Mr. Crowley, his protégé-turned-rival.

But some House Democrats, speaking anonymously to discuss a delicate topic, said Tuesday night that given the party’s changing face, it would be difficult to dump Ms. Pelosi for an older, white male lawmaker.

The defeat of Mr. Crowley could therefore offer an opportunity for an even younger vanguard of House Democrats to assert themselves.

In a flurry of phone calls and text messages, Democratic lawmakers floated names such as Cheri Bustos of Illinois, Linda Sanchez of California, Joseph Kennedy of Massachusetts and Seth Moulton of Massachusetts as potential alternatives to Ms. Pelosi.

As for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, she had complained in recent weeks about media coverage that didn’t include her name but only that of the better-known man she was running against.

“Headlines from the Political Patriarchy,” she wrote on Twitter of one recent story.

Now, she is likely to be in headlines for years to come.

DNC chair: Ocasio-Cortez represents the 'future of our party' .
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represents the "future of our party" on Tuesday. "I have three kids. Two of them are daughters - one just graduated college, one who is in college. And they were both texting me about their excitement over Alexandria because she really - she represents the future of our party," Perez said on "The Bill Press Show."Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-"I have three kids. Two of them are daughters - one just graduated college, one who is in college. And they were both texting me about their excitement over Alexandria because she really - she represents the future of our party," Perez said on "The Bill Press Show.

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