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2138, 26 Jun 18

Socialist Wins in New York


(CNN)Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina running her first campaign, ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district, CNN projects, in the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season.

Ocasio-Cortez, an activist and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, won over voters in the minority-majority district with a ruthlessly efficient grassroots bid, even as Crowley — the fourth-ranked Democrat in the House — outraised her by a 10-to-1 margin.
This was the first time in 14 years a Democrat has attempted unseat Crowley, who chairs the Queens County Democrats. His defeat marks a potential sea change in party politics — a result with implications for Democrats nationwide that would recall, as optimistic progressives routinely noted during the campaign, former GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss to the insurgent, tea party-backed Dave Brat in June 2014.
Even as Ocasio-Cortez runs defiantly to his left — with universal health care, a federal jobs guarantee and the abolition of ICE headlining her demands — Crowley leaned on what was a formidable liberal record. He was the first member of the House Democratic leadership to sign on in support of “Medicare for all” and has been a vocal advocate for immigrants’ rights. But Crowley stumbled repeatedly on the campaign trail, the likely residue of going so long without a primary test.
Citing scheduling conflicts, he missed a debate in the Bronx with Ocasio-Cortez, sending former city councilwoman Annabel Palma as a surrogate. The New York Times editorial board took note of his no-show, and warned the ambitious congressman against taking his constituents for granted.
One should always be wary of trying to extrapolate national or societal implications out of a local race. In this case, for example, is this symptomatic of a rise of socialism in the nation? Just in New York? Or is it, as the last paragraph cited hints, a sign of a Congressman who took his constituents for granted and didn’t put in the work? Or is it a combination of the two?

2138, 26 June 2018


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Liberals are off deep end and proud of it!

  2. Letsgetreal

    Maybe it’s time for the EXTREME right to realize they are part of the problem.


  3. Kevin Scheunemann

    Let me guess, you probably classify Owen as “extreme right”.

    Give me a break. It is that kind of leftist indecency that gave rise to Trump and will insure his re-election.

  4. Owen

    Um, this was a race where a socialist beat a slightly-less socialist incumbent. The “extreme right” wasn’t even involved.

  5. Merlin

    Seems eerily similar to Eric Cantor’s crash and burn when the RNC’s might and money couldn’t protect him from the voters in Virginia.

    Looks like the movement behind Bernie’s 2016 popularity may have some staying power after all. The Democrat infighting leading into 2020 has the potential to be every bit as entertaining as the 2016 Republican primary season.

  6. dad29

    From reports I’m hearing, Crowley blew her off, even sending a substitute to a debate with her.

    He was too busy being BIG SHOT IN THE HOUSE to bother with the people he represented–exactly what got Cantor into the unemployment line.

    While she’s extreme, remember she’s from New York City.  This is a warning bell, but not necessarily any sort of “wave.”

  7. MHMaley

    She ran a commercial that any newcomer running against a Long time incumbent should duplicate .
    “They have the money , we have the people .
    They don’t send their kids to our schools , they don’t drink out water , they don’t breathe our air “

  8. Kevin Scheunemann

    Just goes prove Democrats are no longer hiding….they are the failed socialists of Stalin, Mao, Castro, Mugabe, and Chavez.

    Go wreck some other nation.

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