Ocasio-Cortez’s Victory Is a Win for New York’s Restaurant Workers

Crowley shown in 2017 was the No. 4 House Democrat

BEN NORTON: So one of the most shocking and awesome upsets we've seen is that in NY a 28-year-old Latina socialist named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez actually defeated a very powerful Democrat, Joe Crowley, who is the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives.

Despite the hype, Crowley, who represented New York's 14th district, was widely considered a heavy favorite in the race. "We've got people, they've got money", Ocasio-Cortez said in biographical web ad that followed her through mundane NY life, dressing for work, walking, changing into high heels on the subway platform. Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, which bills itself as the largest socialist organization in the US.

She joined protesters at the Standing Rock demonstration against a natural gas pipeline. She is fighting for immigrants.

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. The district includes parts of Queens and the Bronx.

But Ocasio-Cortez instead framed her campaign as a return to the party's roots. "Oh my God. Oh my God".

"The message that we sent the world tonight is that it's not okay to put donors before your community", she said to supporters at her victory rally in the Bronx. "It doesn't take a hundred years to do this, it takes political courage".

The victor is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a millennial who worked as an organiser for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. She ran on a platform of Medicare for All, abolishing Ice and a federal jobs guarantee. "[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] represents the future of the Democratic Party", said Nixon.

Other upset victories against establishment New York Democrats tonight included Liuba Grechen Shirley, in NY02, and Dana Balter, in NY24, who each ran-like Ocasio-Cortez-on shoestring budgets.

"His administration is a form of extremism and... we shouldn't be afraid to be very bold and very strong in our values and be very clear-cut in what those values look like in policy and legislation", Ocasio-Cortez said.

The Democratic candidate also noted the diversity of her congressional district, and said that many Jewish and Muslim constituents had thanked her for the stance she took on Twitter.

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Since Ocasio-Cortez won in one district, a very diverse and progressive NY district, McEnany's remark made little sense.

She called the young Latina candidate's victory "just a sign of the vitality of our party".

She launched a campaign against him, a grassroots effort that made history when she won. "In deep blue districts like New York's 14th and the MA 7th, voters are asking for more than a reliable vote - they are asking for committed, activist leadership". "It is not to be viewed as something that stands for anything else".

It turns out that conventional wisdom about how the Democratic Party works isn't much good anymore. "What's your problem?" Pelosi replied with a laugh, "two out of three ain't bad". Tillemann ended up losing his primary to Crow, but the real lesson for Democrats is in NY.

In Maryland, Ben Jealous, former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, defeated Rushern Baker, a veteran politician, in what was seen as another win for liberal Democrats.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is photographed while being interviewed in Rockefeller Center, June 27, 2018, in New York City.

In Colorado, Representative Jared Polis won the primary for governor.

Jealous will face incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in November. He is the current chair of the house democratic caucus.

His loss drew the attention of President Donald Trump.

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