Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

PRIMARY SHOCKER: Ocasio-Cortez defeats 10-term U.S. Rep. Crowley

PRIMARY SHOCKER: Ocasio-Cortez defeats 10-term U.S. Rep. Crowley

Ocasio-Cortez, who worked as an organizer for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, shook up the status quo and has given the left wing of the party a new voice.

Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in NY.

A 28-year-old latina shook the political world on Tuesday night when she upset the powerful Rep. Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic congressional primary.

She ran on heavily progressive platform: free health care, free college education, a federal jobs guarantee and she wants to abolish ICE.

"I think what's going on is that working class Americans are looking for a fierce and unapologetic champion" she said.

Crowley - the No. 4-ranking Democrat in the House - lost to the 28-year-old challenger and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York City's Bronx and Queens boroughs. She has never before held political office and ran much of her campaign while working as a bartender at Flats Fix in Union Square.

Ocasio-Cortez quickly took to Twitter to say she has "no idea" who Lopez-Pierre is - and denounce his bigotry. One campaign volunteer told Jeff Stein of The Washington Post that Ocasio-Cortez's strongest campaign message was the fact that her opponent took money from corporate PACs and lobbyists, while she did not.

MacCallum said Ocasio-Cortez ripped Trump as an "authoritarian hyper-capitalist".

"I think that here in NY, the historical wisdom is to go after your triple primes", she said, "Nationally I think there are probably some folks doing good work and some exciting candidates like Ayanna Pressley out in MA doing that work, but here in NY and here in this district, I feel like it wasn't being done". To which Ocasio-Cortez replied, "You know, the President is from Queens and with all due respect half of my district is from Queens".

"We spoke to communities that had typically been, I think, dismissed, and they responded", she added.

It was after watching Republican President Donald Trump's election, she decided it was time her New York City district was represented by a young progressive woman of colour.

According to her campaign website, "c$3 limate change is the single biggest national security threat for the United States and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization". Ocasio-Cortez is definitely something of an anti-Trump figure. She advocates for housing as a human right and says on her campaign website that she is in favor of expanding the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, which provides tax incentives to encourage developers to build affordable housing. "We had felt so great all day, but to see what that feeling looked like in numbers was really astonishing". When she learned she beat the incumbent candidate, the shock was written all over face. It sounded like a insane idea, but she said yes because Crowley hadn't faced a primary opponent in 14 years.

Others took the Associated Press to task for a breaking news tweet sent Tuesday night declaring, 'U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley defeated by younger challenger in NY'. "People around the country, everywhere I go, are helping us elect more Democrats, progressives, women, people of color".

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