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Old 06-26-2018, 09:20 PM  
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A 28-year-old Democratic Socialist just ousted a powerful, 10-term congressman in NY



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 on Tuesday, CNN projects, in the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season.

An activist and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ocasio-Cortez won over voters in the minority-majority district with a ruthlessly efficient grassroots bid, even as Crowley -- the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House -- outraised her by a 10-to-1 margin.

This was the first time in 14 years a member of his own party has attempted to unseat Crowley, who chairs the Queens County Democrats. His defeat marks a potential sea change in the broader sphere of liberal 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.

"This is not an end, this is the beginning. This is the beginning because the message that we sent the world tonight is that it's not OK to put donors before your community," Ocasio-Cortez told roaring supporters on Tuesday night.

She cast her victory as the green shoots of triumph over the "deep midnight and darkness" of the political moment -- and a message to fellow progressive organizers that their brand of activism could succeed on a grander scale.

"You have given this country hope, you have given this country proof that when you knock on your neighbor's door, when you come to them with love, when you let them know that no matter your stance, you are there for them — that we can make change," she said.

Even as Ocasio-Cortez ran defiantly to his left -- with universal health care, a federal jobs guarantee and the abolition of ICE headlining her demands -- Crowley touted a formidable liberal record of his own. 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 he also stumbled, repeatedly, on the campaign trail, the likely residue of passing so many years 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.
"What are we," the board asked on behalf of voters, "chopped liver?"

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." On Twitter after the debate, she noted that Palma, also Latina, bore a "slight resemblance to me."

"I understand he hasn't been challenged for 14 years," Ocasio-Cortez said, "but that doesn't mean that an election isn't happening. In fact, what's happening right now is historic and it's an opportunity to show up for the community."

She has also spent time at the front lines of the pitched battle over US border policy under the Trump administration. Last weekend, just days before the primary, Ocasio-Cortez left New York to join protests at an ICE detention center in Texas.

"The reason I was able to do that is because we have built a legitimately strong grassroots movement of organizers here to hold it down for 24 to 48 hours," she said, "and I think that's reflective of the strength of what we have built here. It was an advantage, actually, because our community here really wanted to do something and they didn't want to feel like they were choosing organizing the campaign over choosing to comment and organize around this moment."

She also managed to tie that activism, along with her vocal, unapologetic demand for the full abolition of ICE to the interests of her district's diverse population.

"We have families and communities here (in the 14th District) from Ecuador and Colombia, Bangladesh, Korea, Pakistan, and I see them every day, many of them are very scared about what's going on," she said. "With my campaign, in terms of immigration, we're trying to say, 'Hey, we've got your back.'"

Crowley also took some shots at ICE, calling it "fascistic," but stopping short of demanding its elimination. During a televised debate with Ocasio-Cortez less than two weeks before the primary, Crowley argued that "simply abolishing the agency doesn't take it out of the hands of (Attorney General) Jeff Sessions or this president."

He then pivoted to what had been a driving theme of his campaign -- the argument that, with Trump in office, Democrats should lean on experienced lawmakers, and away from more ideological firebrands, to navigate the opposition on Capitol Hill.

"It's about making change in Washington," said Crowley, who in his leadership role has raised money for Democrats around the country. "It's about Democrats taking back control of the House of Representatives -- and that's what I'm about doing."

But with Tuesday's results, he will be doing it from the sideline.

"I want to congratulate Ms. Ocasio-Cortez on her victory tonight," Crowley said in a statement. "I look forward to supporting her and all Democrats this November. The Trump administration is a threat to everything we stand for here in Queens and the Bronx, and if we don't win back the House this November, we will lose the nation we love."

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/26/politics/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-joe-crowley-new-york-14-primary/index.html
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Old 06-27-2018, 10:03 PM   #121
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Oh she's a SJW. Can't refer to her as a Latina but the gender-neutral "Latinx."

http://www.breitbart.com/big-governm...ll-her-latinx/
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Old 06-27-2018, 10:04 PM   #122
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This is awesome. Here is one of the rising stars of the dem party - a full blown SJW communist.
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The democrat party has been taken over by the communists. They are starting to acknowledge this.

We're Americans. Communist are not.
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Old 06-28-2018, 06:11 AM   #125
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The democrat party has been taken over by the communists. They are starting to acknowledge this.

We're Americans. Communist are not.
The communist party USA even said on their own website during the last election, that they did not feel they needed to run their own candidate anymore because the Democratic party was implementing their aims. So there's that.

Former CIA John Brennan voted for one of the communists they ran for president back in the 1970's. Does not regret it and refuses to back track on it.

Communists believe as part of their implementation tactics that they must not tell the truth but to lie....that is use intentional lying to deceive. It's exactly what they do too. Especially John Brennan. Renaming their policies and ideas is one of the major ways they do it to fool people.

Not a single true classical liberal in the Democrat party anymore.
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This is awesome. Here is one of the rising stars of the dem party - a full blown SJW communist.
It scares me more than just a little bit that a person like this can actually be elected in this country to any office.

Of course, the only real difference between her and Obama is that she is openly honest about her intentions and beliefs
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Old 06-28-2018, 06:34 AM   #127
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It scares me more than just a little bit that a person like this can actually be elected in this country to any office.

Of course, the only real difference between her and Obama is that she is openly honest about her intentions and beliefs

True...now the question is, can the Repubs field a candidate that can beat this moonbat? On surface it would look like a chip shot. But as anyone who knows Missouri politics, we couldn't beat Claire because a nutjob won the primary!

This is a golden opportunity to gain a seat for the r's
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Old 06-28-2018, 06:35 AM   #128
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Than 2010? Who knows? History tends to favor the out of power party in mid-terms. However, the Left is doing their best to give R's a reason to get out and vote.
100000% this..

Vote, vote, vote, vote vote... Straight ticket republican too. It's time to take back our country.
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Why would anybody from Ecuador, Colombia, Bangladesh, Korea, Pakistan be scared if they aren't illegal? Are those people in her district who are from Ecuador, Colombia, Bangladesh, Korea, Pakistan so stupid that they don't know that Republicans welcome immigrants as long as the come here legally?
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Ire those people in her district who are from Ecuador, Colombia, Bangladesh, Korea, Pakistan so stupid that they don't know that Republicans welcome immigrants as long as the come here legally?
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It scares me more than just a little bit that a person like this can actually be elected in this country to any office.

Of course, the only real difference between her and Obama is that she is openly honest about her intentions and beliefs
This is really nothing new. Itís districts like this that elect scum like Waters and Jackson-Lee. A broomstick could be elected to the House as long as it was any color but white and promised free shit.

The only difference between this bitch and Maxine is that this one hasnít yet made herself a multimillionaire on the backs of the morons who voted her in.
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depends on who you ask from the party.

The Dems from southern roots aka conner lamb do not and will never support that.

There is a fringe group inside the left that is growing due to Trump and his base fanning the flames.
It's amazing to me that the dems had to rig a primary to keep a socialist from winning the presidential nomination, but you think Trump was the catalysts for this?

That's pretty amazing since this leftist movement of 'no borders' transcends US borders (it's the primary reason the left has lost so much ground in Europe over the past 5 years) and predates Trump even announcing his candidacy.

Your theory doesn't fit with the timeline. Trump would have to come first... and he didn't. As prison Bitch has pointed out, a lot of people voted for Trump almost entirely on this single issue.

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