Today, she ousted 10-term incumbent Rep Joe Crowley. Instead, she managed to raise more small donations than any other congressional candidate in NY, which allowed her to campaign sincerely on a platform for economic justice, while exposing Crowley as a centrist who does not represent real change. Sanders congratulated Ocasio-Cortez for taking on "the entire local Democratic establishment" and "demonstrating once again what progressive grassroots politics can do". "She would read historical and political books old and new", Blanca Ocasio-Cortez said. "A year ago she was a bartender riding the train", he says. Only about 12 percent voted.
Crowley's downfall came as a shock to many. But Keith Ellison, Pramila Jayapal, Elizabeth Warren and other supposed progressive standard bearers couldn't be bothered.
It was after watching Republican President Donald Trump's election, she decided it was time her New York City district was represented by a young progressive woman of colour. "Our party is a big tent, our districts are very different, one from the other", she said. "It's unfortunate, but I believe that we are at that point".
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Patel, the primary challenger to Maloney, rode a similar wave of anti-establishment fervor the day of the primary. "But the old rules about what's possible have been proven wrong, and we're delighted".
If she wins, she will become the youngest ever woman elected to Congress. A quick comparison of campaign finances hints at what Ocasio-Cortez means when she talks about Crowley's priorities, and may also get to the heart of why 57.5 percent of New York's 14th Congressional district voters, where the average income is $47,000, chose her. "In deep blue districts like New York's 14th and the MA 7th, voters are asking for more than a reliable vote - they are asking for committed, activist leadership". Ocasio-Cortez has proven this was not just a flash in the pan. Bunkeddeko called for bringing more federal dollars to Brooklyn, specifically related to federal housing.
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"A Democrat who takes corporate money, profits off foreclosure, doesn't live here, doesn't send his kids to our schools, doesn't drink our water or breathe our air can not possibly represent us", Ocasio-Cortez says as the video shows her riding the subway, speaking at a local event, and walking through the district.
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