Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represents the future of the Democratic party
28 June, 2018, 04:28
Crowley has been Chair of the House Democratic Caucus since 2017.
The growing generation gap in the House Democratic caucus widened this week after Rep. Joe Crowley'sloss in the Democratic primary in NY to 28-year-old activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The victory is remarkable on many levels-not only has Crowley has run unopposed in party primaries for the past 14 years, but he was largely expected to take on a greater role in future party leadership, including a possible tenure as Speaker of the House.
"I think I was primarily compelled on moral grounds, because I could only imagine if 60 people were shot and killed in Ferguson or if 60 people were shot and killed in the West Virginia teacher strikes", Ocasio-Cortez said.
She campaigned on a progressive policy platform, endorsing initiatives such as Medicare-for-all and tuition-free public college.
Citing scheduling conflicts, he missed a debate in the Bronx with Ocasio-Cortez, sending former city councilwoman Annabel Palma as a surrogate.
"I think what we really need to talk about it is we need to reach out to young people, people we think are usually nonvoters, communities of color, people who speak English as a second language, working-class people, people with two jobs that usually are too busy, quote-unquote, to vote", Ocasio-Cortez said.
Ocasio-Cortez endorses the DREAM Act of 2017 and according to her campaign page ICE should be discontinued and a clear path to citizenship should be established. "To that extent I think it represents something that we should benefit from as we move into the midterms, that there's a lot of energy out there that some of our fresh new faces will be able to tap into and take over some seats that we might not have otherwise have been able to take back".
More than a feeble attempt to reach her constituents, Alexandria's background solidifies herself as a true people's politician.
In May, encouraged by the activists shed been working with, the 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez filed to challenge Crowley.
Given the heavy Democratic lean of New York's 14th district, which encompasses parts of the Bronx and Queens, Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, is a virtual shoo-in to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in November.
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