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A 28-year-old Democratic Socialist just ousted a powerful, 10-term congressman in NY



Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina running her first campaign, ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's 14th congressional district on Tuesday, CNN projects, in the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season.

An activist and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ocasio-Cortez won over voters in the minority-majority district with a ruthlessly efficient grassroots bid, even as Crowley -- the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House -- outraised her by a 10-to-1 margin.

This was the first time in 14 years a member of his own party has attempted to unseat Crowley, who chairs the Queens County Democrats. His defeat marks a potential sea change in the broader sphere of liberal politics -- a result with implications for Democrats nationwide that would recall, as optimistic progressives routinely noted during the campaign, former GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor's loss to the insurgent, tea party-backed Dave Brat in June 2014.

"This is not an end, this is the beginning. This is the beginning because the message that we sent the world tonight is that it's not OK to put donors before your community," Ocasio-Cortez told roaring supporters on Tuesday night.

She cast her victory as the green shoots of triumph over the "deep midnight and darkness" of the political moment -- and a message to fellow progressive organizers that their brand of activism could succeed on a grander scale.

"You have given this country hope, you have given this country proof that when you knock on your neighbor's door, when you come to them with love, when you let them know that no matter your stance, you are there for them — that we can make change," she said.

Even as Ocasio-Cortez ran defiantly to his left -- with universal health care, a federal jobs guarantee and the abolition of ICE headlining her demands -- Crowley touted a formidable liberal record of his own. He was the first member of the House Democratic leadership to sign on in support of "Medicare for all" and has been a vocal advocate for immigrants' rights. But he also stumbled, repeatedly, on the campaign trail, the likely residue of passing so many years without a primary test.

Citing scheduling conflicts, he missed a debate in the Bronx with Ocasio-Cortez, sending former city councilwoman Annabel Palma as a surrogate. The New York Times editorial board took note of his no-show, and warned the ambitious congressman against taking his constituents for granted.
"What are we," the board asked on behalf of voters, "chopped liver?"

In an interview hours before the polls opened Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez called his absence that night "disrespectful, not just to me but to the entire community." On Twitter after the debate, she noted that Palma, also Latina, bore a "slight resemblance to me."

"I understand he hasn't been challenged for 14 years," Ocasio-Cortez said, "but that doesn't mean that an election isn't happening. In fact, what's happening right now is historic and it's an opportunity to show up for the community."

She has also spent time at the front lines of the pitched battle over US border policy under the Trump administration. Last weekend, just days before the primary, Ocasio-Cortez left New York to join protests at an ICE detention center in Texas.

"The reason I was able to do that is because we have built a legitimately strong grassroots movement of organizers here to hold it down for 24 to 48 hours," she said, "and I think that's reflective of the strength of what we have built here. It was an advantage, actually, because our community here really wanted to do something and they didn't want to feel like they were choosing organizing the campaign over choosing to comment and organize around this moment."

She also managed to tie that activism, along with her vocal, unapologetic demand for the full abolition of ICE to the interests of her district's diverse population.

"We have families and communities here (in the 14th District) from Ecuador and Colombia, Bangladesh, Korea, Pakistan, and I see them every day, many of them are very scared about what's going on," she said. "With my campaign, in terms of immigration, we're trying to say, 'Hey, we've got your back.'"

Crowley also took some shots at ICE, calling it "fascistic," but stopping short of demanding its elimination. During a televised debate with Ocasio-Cortez less than two weeks before the primary, Crowley argued that "simply abolishing the agency doesn't take it out of the hands of (Attorney General) Jeff Sessions or this president."

He then pivoted to what had been a driving theme of his campaign -- the argument that, with Trump in office, Democrats should lean on experienced lawmakers, and away from more ideological firebrands, to navigate the opposition on Capitol Hill.

"It's about making change in Washington," said Crowley, who in his leadership role has raised money for Democrats around the country. "It's about Democrats taking back control of the House of Representatives -- and that's what I'm about doing."

But with Tuesday's results, he will be doing it from the sideline.

"I want to congratulate Ms. Ocasio-Cortez on her victory tonight," Crowley said in a statement. "I look forward to supporting her and all Democrats this November. The Trump administration is a threat to everything we stand for here in Queens and the Bronx, and if we don't win back the House this November, we will lose the nation we love."

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/26/politics/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-joe-crowley-new-york-14-primary/index.html
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Old 06-27-2018, 12:13 AM   #46
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Old 06-27-2018, 05:58 AM   #49
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Old 06-27-2018, 06:23 AM   #50
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Romney won his chance to run for senate. He's part of the Rage-istance on the right. Not looking good for populism. Big Koch money for open borders candidates in the GOP.
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She’s an easy yes.


Politics wise, she’s an easy no.
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Old 06-27-2018, 06:58 AM   #52
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Easy for that district with its constituents. It was never going to go GOP there. Kinda like Pelosi and Maxine Waters' districts.
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Old 06-27-2018, 07:09 AM   #53
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Trump wins in 2016 in large part because of his strong stance on illegal immigration.

The Democrats strategy to respond? Electing far left open border fanatics who want to eliminate ICE.

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Old 06-27-2018, 07:15 AM   #54
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Wonder how Pelosi plays this out....she is losing a long term solid dem who did as he was told like all good dems. They do what Nan and Chuck says or they get run to the basement.

Pelosi cant seat this gal on any prime committees. If she is throwing up her socialist cred, she is denying her dem cred.

But she's a latinascreamer. She will play the woman card and latina card strong...Can Nan ignore that? How does that play?

Last will little miss socialist latina break from the dems on critical votes? Or will she just me the cute lil mouse who follows along proving she is just another dem.


Im betting Nancy has this gal whipped and beaten so fast she will be a loyal party person inside of a year.
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Old 06-27-2018, 07:42 AM   #56
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It's New York/Zoo York....what do you expect? Liberal extremists there, like the RWNJs that win in places like Alabama or Mississippi...
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This American Life just put out an episode about a similar race in NY where a non-establishment candidate, Jeff Beals, is calling out the Dems for being beholden to corporate interests and basically being a bunch of lying fakers (which is on reason they've lost their credibility with the populace).

It's a pretty interesting episode to hear this guy tell about his interactions with the mainstream national wing of the party as well as those with the more upstart elements.

My feeling: identity politics is a losing game for Dems. Income inequality could be a winning play, but they don't have a leg to stand on with their actions around that issue. So they keep coming back to identity politics (along with Trump bashing) to try to win. I think they'll lose again and any gains they make will basically just be pockets of Anti-Trump, not any real merits to their platform. The part has lost its way.
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This is a shot across the bow for establishment Dems. Crowley was front-runner to replace Pelosi as leader of the Dems and now they have no viable backup in place.

It's one district in a heavily hispanic Dem stronghold but having fringe progressive candidates like her, with a socialist platform that has no chance as a national message, start to replace the centrist Dems isn't good for them or the nation imho. The NRCC is celebrating Crowley's defeat at the hands of a Bernie sis.
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Eh whatever. Good on her for being young and political. She has dumb idealistic IDEALS which isn't uncommon for young people.

That being said, Democrats what did you think would happen after years of Demonizing White people....
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