Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez describes "astonishing" primary upset

Minnie Murray
June 28, 2018

The candidate also noted that her victory should be a warning sign to incumbents, who shouldn't fall asleep behind the wheel.

During her appearance on MSNBC, she responded to a question by anchor Willie Geist about how the US would pay for her progressive agenda-which includes Medicare for All, a universal jobs guarantee, and tuition-free university and trade school education for all Americans-by firmly reminding him that the federal government spent hundreds of billions of dollars just a few months ago when it passed the Republican Party's tax law. Over the weekend she visited the border to protest Trump administration immigration policy and enforcement.

So why did so many news organizations refuse to say her name? Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, makes up for the gap in experience as a House representative with organizing skills learned during none other than Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign, as well as other grassroots efforts.

Ocasio Cortez exchanged endorsements with Cynthia Nixon, the "Sex in the City" actress challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York's Democratic gubernatorial primary, the day before the election against Crowley.

Pressley also tweeted her congratulations to Ocasio-Cortez, writing, "You proved that when we stand up for what we believe in, we win".

Blanca, a 55-year-old secretary for a school in Florida, spent a few days campaigning with her daughter. "Her voice felt very true".

Tuesday night, Holtzman couldn't help but think of that moment as she watched Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pull off an equally implausible victory.

She never saw herself as a political candidate.

. She was awarded second place in the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for a microbiology project and got an asteroid named after her. This time past year, she was working as a bartender in the Bronx. After his death, the family anxious it would lose its home to foreclosure.

Ocasio-Cortez studied economics and global relations at BU and worked in Sen. She was still tending bar as recently as the spring of 2017. Ocasio-Cortez has proven this was not just a flash in the pan.


"The GOP tax cut could have paid for two years of public college for everyone in this country", she told CBSN ahead of the election. "And it's to say that we need to really examine the historical inequities that have created much of the inequalities - both in terms of economics and social and racial justice - because they are intertwined". "That tipped the scale for me".

Per the film's Kickstarter page, the doc is centered on new contenders in the political sphere, including "a coal miner's daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada, a registered nurse in Missouri and a young bartender from NY". I mean, Alexandria took it to a different level, right. So Anoa, I'm wondering if we could just start by talking about this unbelievable victory in NY.

Ocasio-Cortez's win was a surprise to the political establishment, given that Crowley was seen as a likely replacement for Nancy Pelosi as the top Democrat in the House of Representatives.

One was low turnout. Jonathan Lewis lost to Rep. Eliot Engel with 16.5 percent of the vote.

Crowley was expected to win the primary over Ocasio-Cortez, a former presidential campaign staffer for Vermont Sen.

On Tuesday night, the impossible happened in New York City.

She's a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Ethnicity might have also played a role.

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