Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, democratic socialist, beats 10-term incumbent in NYC primary

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, democratic socialist, beats 10-term incumbent in NYC primary

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, democratic socialist, beats 10-term incumbent in NYC primary

It caused enormous upset: in doing so, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated a longstanding member of Congress, Joseph Crowley, who serves as chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House.

Crowley succeeded Thomas Manton, another Queens Democratic leader, as the congressman from the old 7th District in 1999 and later took over the party organization, as well, when Manton died in 2006.

Clyburn of SC also said he didn't think Crowley needs to step aside, even though the Democratic Caucus is gearing up for a midterm election effort to take back the House that Crowley will no longer have an individual stake in. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign was instrumental in mainstreaming Democratic socialism, but Millennials' economic situation also plays a role. Both House hopefuls are calling for the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and support "Medicare for all" and higher education reform ― Pressley is pushing for debt-free college while Ocasio-Cortez is after tuition-free college.

Her rhetoric matched her agenda, promising a more inclusive vision for governance that would unabashedly confront social injustice. "We need somebody fierce like that - a woman", Bronx voter Marcy White said. "I think there is something to see here". That decision is "up to him", said Lee, who if chosen would be the first black woman in a House leadership position of either party.

"Horrifying. This is our nation's 195th mass shooting - this year", said the rising political star, who will be heavily favored in November's general election in the overwhelmingly Democratic New York district. "They're all woven together".

In their years living on the sixteenth floor of the Warren Towers dormitory, former classmate Mina Vahedi knew Ocasio-Cortez had what it takes.

"The people closest to the pain should be closest to the power".

The Democratic Party has undergone a significant demographic change in recent decades, transforming from a party dominated by white, blue-collar voters to a better-educated, more racially diverse coalition. The congressional seat was previously held by Geraldine Ferraro from 1978 to 1984, and for many years before that by James J. Delaney, a Democrat who ran with Conservative Party support, staunchly backed the Vietnam War, and opposed school busing. In those districts, including the 14th, winning the primary is really tantamount to winning the election, so for all intents and purposes she is the next Representative for New York's 14th District.

"It's time to fight for a NY that working families can afford", she said in the campaign video.

"The minute you lose that connection you're at risk in this business", he said.

Crowley's loss to the political novice also threw Pelosi's status as House minority leader into question as Democrats attempt to retake the House in November. But Crowley would have fallen eventually, given demographic changes in his district stemming from immigration and gentrification, as well as the Democratic Party's lurch to the left. "We spent countless hours discussing politics with her before she began her bid, so we knew exactly where she stood on the issues, we knew the caliber of person she was and the style of campaign she was running so it was a much easier challenge than most".

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