Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upsets Joe Crowley in NY congressional primary

Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio Cortez celebrartes with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx

Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio Cortez celebrartes with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx Credit Getty

As progressives nationwide celebrated Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's primary victory in New York's 14th congressional district over establishment 10-term Rep. Joseph Crowley-and while many in the corporate media scrambled to catch up on the 28-year-old's rise from restaurant worker, to tireless grassroots campaigner, to likely Congresswoman of a heavily Democratic district-Ocasio-Cortez had no trouble explaining the success of her campaign on Wednesday.

"It's because of a number of things but in 24 hours we do not have that analysis", Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said. "I think that in the same lens that I looked at it, people, I think, are separating the actions and the status of the Palestinians from the greater geopolitics of the area". "It is not to be viewed as something that stands for everything else".

"It's ascendent in that district, perhaps".

Ocasio-Cortez has said she'd support the impeachment of President Donald Trump, noting that the president's unwillingness to separate himself from his family's business affairs amounted to "serious grounds in violations of the emoluments clause from day one", as Politico wrote. "And running for office, seeing, like, the silence around this issue, has been a little interesting to me".

It might seem unbelievable that after Bernie Sanders' huge success in the 2016 democratic primaries running on a grassroots campaign that condemned Wall Street's influence and called for social justice that Democrats can still be caught off guard by progressives unseating their heavyweights.

Mr Crowley had not faced a challenger from his own party in 14 years in the mostly ethnic minority district, which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens in NY.

"I was taking brunch orders, with the AC off, and people from progressive political groups were calling me", she said last week in an interview.

In the run-up to Tuesday's election, Ocasio-Cortez, the daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and a father from the South Bronx, said, "What I want the party and people all over the country to know is that my campaign represents authentic, accountable racial and social justice". "But nobody has any answers". "We need new leadership in the Democratic Party and we need new leadership in the country".

Crowley, an establishment Democrat, who had been whispered about as a future leader of the party, had not faced a challenger from the left in 14 years - and his defeat will surely have come as a major shock. Cynthia Nixon and Zephyr Teachout were Ocasio-Cortez's highest profile local supporters.

"I don't think there is that kind of divide", Clyburn said when asked about the tension between the two wings of the party. "I knew that it was long odds, and I knew that it was uphill, but I always knew it was possible". "The first ones are the ones who elected you to this body and if you don't get to the body, you don't got no chance to anything else".

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

"Not all Democrats are the same", she said in her May campaign video, adding - her voice rising with emotion - that a Democrat who "doesn't send his kids to our schools, doesn't drink our water or breathe our air can not possibly represent us". She ran on a platform of Medicare for All, abolishing Ice and a federal jobs guarantee.

She attended Boston University, where she earned degrees in economics and global relations, and also spent time working in the office of the late U.S. Sen. And a host of Democratic Party organizations are now devoted to getting candidates like Ocasio-Cortez in those seats ― from Move On to Indivisible to Our Revolution and the Democratic Socialists of America.

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