Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represents the future of the Democratic party

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represents the future of the Democratic party

Kerry Wise
June 29, 2018

Several factors may have allowed Ocasio-Cortez to pull off her upset of Crowley, who had been a candidate to succeed Nancy Pelosi as the party's leader in the House.

The 28-year-old democratic socialist, whose primary victory over 10-term congressman Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) shocked the public on Tuesday, made the remarks during an interview with CNN. She also supports immigration reform - specifically abolishing ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency now enforcing the Trump Administration's family separation and detainment policies at the U.S. -Mexico border.

"Our goal is to not just win an election but to build a movement", Jealous said at his victory party, "which will allow us to lead into law the new agenda that this state so desperately needs".

"I hope that this reminds us of what the Democratic Party should be about, which is, first and foremost, accountability from the working-class people", she said Tuesday night.

When Burnett listed the ages of the septuagenarians now leading the Democratic party, Ocasio-Cortez said that it's time to elect "a new generation of people to Congress". It will make her the youngest woman to have ever been elected to Congress.

Unlike Jealous, whose campaign was boosted by appearances by Sanders, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris-"I have a lot of friends who could be running for president in 2020", Jealous told the Times-or her opponent, who was backed by such normally progressive unions as the Communications Workers of America, DC 37, and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Ocasio-Cortez got only lip service.

Early Wednesday morning, the newly-minted Democratic nominee tweeted her support for another woman of color mounting a bid to unseat a white male incumbent: Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.

"I think we're entering the era of authenticity, and we're entering the era of the every person who can rise up and do something like this", Democratic political consultant Bradley Honan said.

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In a campaign video, she said her mother is from Puerto Rico, and father from the South Bronx.

But Ocasio-Cortez instead framed her campaign as a return to the party's roots. "We knew that if we talked to people that had never been engaged or invited to the electorate that maybe they would show up".

"The fact that in a very progressive district in NY it went more progressive than ... well, Joe Crowley is a progressive, but she's more left than Joe Crowley, is about that district". "There's a radical empathy that she has with people".

Nixon, the liberal activist and former "Sex and the City" star, faces two-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York's September Democratic primary.

If Democrats take over the House, Pelosi and other leaders will likely be rewarded, he said.

A stunning upset win against a longtime Democratic incumbent in the NY primaries has many talking about a "Democratic Spring". "This race is indicative of the division that we saw in 2016 that's now become a real chasm".

Ocasio-Cortez graduated cum laude in 2011, studying economics and worldwide relations. "I counted out that possibility because I felt that possibility had counted out me".

"There is no such thing as being unassailable, in America", she said.