Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – The Details
A day before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, clinched her remarkable Democratic primary victory in New York’s 14th Congressional District, she took a moment to note how she was being described in the political press.
“A Girl Has No Name: Headlines from the Political Patriarchy,” she tweeted. In the tabloids and on some local television stations, she was, over and again, simply Rep. Joe Crowley’s “primary opponent.”
A Girl Has No Name: Headlines from the Political Patriarchy pic.twitter.com/xohAiHSk3b
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 26, 2018
A little more than 24 hours later, that’s beginning to change. Ocasio-Cortez, fresh off a thorough defeat of the 10-term incumbent, the No. 4 House Democrat, is quickly becoming a household name.
Her win on Tuesday caps off a remarkable ascent – which will likely make her the youngest person in Congress come 2019. Should she defeat her Republican opponent, she will arrive in Washington with a clear progressive agenda — to push for “Medicare for all,” the abolition of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and legislation to drag big money out of politics.
Ocasio-Cortez’s own story begins in the Bronx, the same borough that, along with parts of Queens, delivered for her on primary day. She was born and raised there, the daughter of working class Puerto Rican parents — her father born in the South Bronx (he died in 2008, while she was in college); her mother on the island — she went on to study at Boston University and work in the the office of liberal lion Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.
When she returned home, Ocasio-Cortez worked as a community organizer and, eventually, with economic stresses rooted in the recession and the loss of her father taking hold, began low-wage, long-hour work at restaurants to help support her family.
During the 2016 presidential season, she worked as an organizer for Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran in the Democratic primary. In 2017, Ocasio-Cortez launched her campaign to unseat Crowley, the powerful Democrat who chairs the party in Queens County.
Her candidacy began to gain traction — and Crowley, who hadn’t been challenged in more than a decade, started to show his weakness — earlier this year. Crowley drew the consternation of The New York Times editorial board for failing to show up to a debate against his opponent, citing scheduling conflicts.
It's time for a New York that works for all of us.
On June 26th, we can make it happen – but only if we have the #CourageToChange.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) May 30, 2018
Though he outraised Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, by a jarring 10-to-1 margin, her bid was super-charged with the release of an online ad late last month produced by a pair of fellow DSA members.
“Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office,” Ocasio-Cortez says at the outset of the two-minute viral ad.
Anyone familiar with New York’s machine politics would have been hard-pressed to dismiss the line as common campaign rhetoric. After Tuesday night, it’ll be just as difficult to ignore Ocasio-Cortez.
4 major lessons from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s titanic upset in New York
At first glance, the upset victory scored by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th District Democratic primary is no big deal for Democrats’ chances of flipping the House in November. After all, the Bronx and Queens seat is overwhelmingly Democratic and has zero effect on Democrats’ fight for the majority.
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