Real estate bet big (and lost) on outgoing Rep. Joe Crowley

28 Juin, 2018, 12:27 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio Cortez bests top ranking Democrat in stunning primary upset

Crowley, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, was considered a frontrunner to replace House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi should she choose to step down.

"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.

Running in one of America's most diverse neighborhoods, Ocasio-Cortez lead a boldly progressive campaign, touting her support for "Medicare for all" and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had been a volunteer in Bernie Sander's presidential campaign.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the youngest challenger ever in the Democratic primary in NY.

What the institutional Democrats who closed ranks around Crowley until his dying breath can't understand is that there is no place, anymore, for rhetoric to not match action.

"I feel so happy".

Still, shock seemed to be the predominant emotion at Ocasio-Cortez's party Tuesday. As Matt Stoller has pointed out, her small-donor-driven campaign also overcame Crowley's network of supporters which included some of the richest and most powerful corporations in the country such as Facebook, Google, Blackrock, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Lockheed Martin and Viacom. And she beat the hell out of him.

In May, encouraged by the activists shed been working with, the 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez filed to challenge Crowley.

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On Election Day, Ocasio-Cortez's active online presence mixed optimistic statements with assertions that Crowley's campaign was attempting to defeat her with dirty tricks.

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

"Id like to see new leadership, but I dont even know what our options are", she said.

"This race is about people vs money; we've got people, they've got money", she says. She's being described as the future of the Democratic Party. Yes, Ocasio-Cortez calls herself a socialist, but Crowley was a down-the-line liberal, particularly in recent years, and a champion of single-payer health care.

According to her website, after experiencing financial and healthcare struggles firsthand, Ocasio-Cortez realized how deeply policy decisions made at the highest levels of government impact everyday families living paycheck to paycheck. Early in the debate, before she was told not to stand during answers, she paced the stage and said that her campaign was of, by, and for the Bronx. "Always from day one", Ocasio-Cortez said.

Crowley, who is twice Ocasio-Cortez's age, is the No. 4 Democrat in the House of Representatives and had been favoured to ascend to the speaker's lectern if Democrats retook the lower chamber this fall.

"The fact that in a very progressive district in NY, it went more progressive - and (incumbent Rep.) Joe Crowley is a progressive - but to the left of Joe Crowley is about that district", Pelosi said. Like, people usually avoid apartment buildings, but her staff was actually climbing stairs to knock on multiple doors instead of waiting for the elevator.

And this is the dedication and the importance and value of making sure people had a representative that was coming from [inaudible], that was representing issues that most resonate with them. It's time for Democrats to ask themselves what could have been if they had had the foresight to nominate a likeable, less-divisive and more progressive candidate to run against Trump in 2016.


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