What does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's primary upset mean for Democrats?

Posted June 28, 2018

Wide-eyed, she covers her mouth with her hands and appears to scream, "Oh, my God!" "Before Tuesday's victory catapulted her to the front of the political conversation, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez seemed to find readier audiences with outlets such as Elite Daily, Mic or Refinery29 - websites most often associated with millennial and female audiences - than with traditional publications", the Times noted, pointing directly at other outlets that did not discount her campaign.

Kenneth Elmore (Wheelock'87), associate provost and dean of students, recalls meeting Ocasio-Cortez-"I knew her as Sandy"-when another student brought her to one of his weekly Coffee & Conversation forums".

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.

The issues that Ocasio-Cortez ran on included expanding the Medicare program to people of all ages and abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "It's one in which no person is too poor to have the medicines they need to live", she told Vogue.

Again, we're talking about one candidate in one very progressive district, not the whole country. If Ocasio-Cortez wins in November, she will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

"It is just magnified now and made it bigger", Mr. Grijalva said.

She also used the hashtag #CourageToChange on Twitter, touting a 'New York that works for all of us'. Anoa is an attorney and activist, and she's the director of political advocacy for Progressive Army. That's great. She's got to prove herself. It was only last Sunday that The New York Times reassured nervous readers "Bernie Sanders Is Winning Converts". After his death, the family anxious it would lose its home to foreclosure.

Ocasio-Cortez spent just under $200,000, none of it from corporate political action committees or lobbyists.

She has a degree in economics and global relations from Boston University, but after graduation worked as a waitress and bartender to supplement her mother's income as a house cleaner and bus driver, according to a profile in The Intercept. She was still tending bar as recently as the spring of 2017.

Crowley also took flak for not showing up to debate Ocasio-Cortez earlier in the campaign, instead sending former City Councilwoman Annabel Palma in his place. In a Reddit forum previous year she described driving across the country with friends after the election. "And you know, in certain seats where it's appropriate, I think that a new leaf could actually mean a lot of opportunity for the party and future". "That tipped the scale for me". Speaking as to why Crowley lost nonetheless, Christina Greer, an associate professor of political science at Fordham University and a McSilver Fellow at New York University, said that Crowley had likely overestimated his support in the district. "It is not to be viewed as something that stands for anything else", she added.

"We actually want to govern where the Republicans just want to create chaos", Mr. Gallego said.

"Her aspiration is to be the president", Blanca Ocasio-Cortez, 55, said at the candidate's childhood home in the Bronx.

"This may not lead to further primary upsets, and yes, Crowley ran a lackluster race, and turnout out was low", he said in an email.

District 14 covers parts of the Bronx and Queens, where census numbers show the population is almost half Hispanic - very different from when Crowley first took office 20 years ago, CBS2's Andrea Grymes reported. Only about 12 percent voted.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez posted on Twitter after Ms Gillibrand's endorsement that the NY senator "didn't even bother to talk to nor consider me before endorsing".

Ocasio-Cortez is not the only young up-and-comer shaking up the Democratic party in New York City and across the country.

The ultimate tribute may have come from her vanquished opponent.

Ethnicity might have also played a role. "It is now 18 percent white, with a 50 percent Hispanic population", Mr. Connolly said.

"I was really motivated", said Daniel Puerto, 26, who immigrated to the US from Colombia.