Democratic heavyweight loses in New York as Trump picks win

01 July, 2018, 17:15 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Queens party boss Joe Crowley loses Democratic primary to Bernie organizer Alexandria Ocasio Cortez in stunning upset

Crowley, considered a possible speaker if Democrats take the House in November, hadn't faced a primary opponent in 14 years-"when the woman who beat him Tuesday was just a teenager", the Associated Press noted.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a former organizer for Sen.

She goes on, saying, "What the Bronx and Queens needs is Medicare for all, tuition-free public college, a federal jobs guarantee, and criminal justice reform". But when it comes to retaking the presidency, Democrats should focus on presenting a candidate who can appeal to people beyond the left-most fringe of their progressive wing.

"I think he does understand the winds are changing, and he is moving with the wind", she said.

Ocasio-Cortez says her first goal, if elected to the House (an nearly sure thing), is to introduce legislation abolishing ICE, a bridge too far for even Bernie, but a romanticized goal among the online far-left monster given life by Dr. Bernie Frankenstein. Yet she cautioned against reading too much into the race as a sign of the direction of Democratic voters.

Cuomo and his allies, however, say there's no comparison between a low-turnout primary in a New York City congressional district and a contest for governor. "She is likely to be in headlines for years to come", the Times summed up, describing the outcome as "the most significant loss for a Democratic incumbent in more than a decade, and one that will reverberate across the party and the country".

Ms. Ocasio-Ortiz topped Mr. Crowley by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin in a district that encompasses parts of the Bronx and Queens boroughs of NY and is almost 80 percent nonwhite. But more importantly, the ad itself is representative of what so many find so inspiring about Ocasio-Cortez as a person and a politician. "I don't think he knows how to deal with a girl from the Bronx".


"What we need to realize and remember is that ICE was established in 2003 right at the same time as the PATRIOT act, the AUMF [Authorization for Use of Military Force], the Iraq war, and we look back on a lot of that time as a mistake now".

In a weekend op-ed published in The Salt Lake Tribune, Romney wrote that the Trump administration's policies have exceeded his expectations, but he pledged to "continue to speak out when the president says or does something which is divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions".

"Joe is a great guy, but I don't think he paid enough attention to those constituents at home", he said Wednesday morning. "It is now 18 percent white, with a 50 percent Hispanic population", Mr. Connolly said. The Nixon-Cuomo contest involves numerous same undercurrents, she said.

By contrast, Vogue said Crowley "pays lip service to the post-Donald Trump resistance while maintaining largely centrist politics". It was the Democrats' Eric Cantor moment.

On the Republican side, President Trump continued his winning streak, as candidates he endorsed once again won their races. NPR's Kelsey Snell reports Democrats and their leaders are grasping for answers about what this might mean for their party.

I suppose she's trying to save face now. It's a characterization that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mocks.

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