Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Bernie Sanders supporter, won a shocking upset when she decisively beat 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic Congressional primary elections Tuesday. There have been eyes on Ocasio-Cortez's campaign from the time she announced her candidacy a year ago, and along the way, she secured major endorsements from the likes of MoveOn and Cynthia Nixon, who's running for governor in NY.
Greenwald glowingly said he rarely saw politicians speak out so strongly against the "Israeli government's aggression and militarism", and he asked the New York Democrat if she spoke out on the issue as a moral imperative and saw parallels with us domestic problems. Ocasio-Cortez will become the only current member of Congress who is a dues-paying member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
The Republican candidate for the office, Anthony Pappas, is running unopposed and had no primary.
He was also the chair of the House Democratic Caucus and headed the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans at one time, taking great interest in US-India ties.
"My background is as an educator, an organizer and an activist". New York's 14th District is 85 percent Democratic, meaning a Latina millennial calling for the abolition of ICE and the PROMESA board in Puerto Rico, Medicare for All, a federal job guarantee and a Marshall Plan to scale up renewable energy is nearly surely heading to Congress.
"There's no denying when you watch her [campaign] video that she's a deeply inspiring person", she said, "and I feel like people really gravitated toward her leadership and hope".
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"Our district is overwhelmingly people of color, it's working class, it's very immigrant - and it hasn't had the representation we've needed", Ocasio-Cortez, a second-generation Puerto Rican, told HuffPost earlier this month.
Crowley has been in Congress since 1999 and hadn't faced an opponent in a primary election since 2004, when Ocasio-Cortez was just a teenager. "I knew he didn't have a strong presence", she said.
Crowley overwhelmingly outspent Ocasio-Cortez, by a margin of 18 to one, but it wasn't enough. "She represents the future of the Democratic party". Her policies included abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), medicare for all, free university education, criminal justice reform, and a federal jobs guarantee.
The political novice, who describes herself as a socialist Democrat, had huge grassroots support and raised more small-dollar donations than any other New York City congressional candidate.
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".
Born in the Bronx to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father who died in 2008, Ocasio-Cortez said she made a decision to challenge Crowley to push a more progressive stance on economic and other issues. Together, they will Make America Weak Again!