New York Politician Attacks ‘Greedy Jewish Landlords’ - Could He Win Race?

Marsha Scott
June 28, 2018

Leaving the Bronx every day to get a quality education was a wake up call for Ocasio-Cortez, who realized that "the zip code a child was born in determined much of their destiny", her website says.

Wide-eyed, she covers her mouth with her hands and appears to scream, "Oh, my God!"

One of Washington DC's most powerful politicians has been toppled from his job by a 28-year-old woman who was working as a bartender a few months ago.

In fact she found little support from established Democrats.

New York's District 14, which encompasses working class neighborhoods in both the Bronx and Queens, has always been particularly progressive, but Ocasio-Cortez leans even farther left by today's Democratic party standards. She is fighting for immigrants.

From the start, her uphill campaign emphasized a mix of avowedly left politics and grassroots mobilization. "So what we're really talking about is re-imagining immigration to be humane, and in a way that is transparent and accountable".

The surprise victory by the community organizer in a district that includes parts of the Bronx and Queens came after an energetic, grassroots campaign that mustered more than enough support in a low-turnout race that many had expected to be an easy win for Crowley, a member of the Democratic House leadership. And specifically in some of these states, like NY and Maryland, there was a massive upset that will actually change Democratic Party politics in this country, and could challenge some of the neoliberal corporate Wall Street-backed Democrats who have dominated the party.

"I don't even see this as a political issue, especially through the frame of that one incident, and especially coming from the background of an activist", Ocasio-Cortez added in her interview with Greenwald.

"It's just incredible", the proud mom said. "Her voice felt very true".

"She has been thinking about politics since she was a teenager". That's great. She's got to prove herself.

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Variety pulled straight from the AP's book: "U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley defeated by young challenger in Democratic primary in NY". After his death, the family anxious it would lose its home to foreclosure.

Lopez-Pierre admits he has never spoken to Ocasio-Cortez. She also worked in Kennedy's office from 2008-09. She was still tending bar as recently as the spring of 2017.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders volunteer from a Puerto Rican family, won with a 57.5% majority.

Since the defeat of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, progressives in the Democratic party - and outside it - have warned that this kind of complacency would hurt the party in the long run.

"I think the lesson for 2020 is that will bring people out to the polls", he said. "That tipped the scale for me".

"It was a complete shock", she said of her victory over Crowley, the fourth-ranking House Democrat.

"She didn't make it seem like it was totally out of the question", says Vahedi, who says she burst into tears of happiness when a Buzzfeed news alert announcing her friend's victory crossed her phone Tuesday night while she was at a concert.

Ocasio-Cortez also made an impression during her time at BU. "We have to stop questioning ourselves and just dive right in".

The president was in full-on campaign mode during the event, begging Democrats to "please please" keep Nancy Pelosi as their leader and constantly invoking Maxine Waters as the new face of the party.

District 14 covers parts of the Bronx and Queens, where census numbers show the population is almost half Hispanic - very different from when Crowley first took office 20 years ago, CBS2's Andrea Grymes reported.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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