Congressman Joe Crowley’s (D-NY) stunning primary defeat in June has propelled his rival – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – to unprecedented levels of popularity.
At age 28, Ocasio-Cortez now finds herself courted by candidates and organizations all over the country hoping to use her name to propel their own campaigns.
Take Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed, for example, who gained 2,500 Twitter follows after he was endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez showed voters that “when we are honest about our message, when we are truthful about where our money comes from, when we are willing to speak clearly about the policies we believe in, and we are willing to stand up to the establishment, we win elections,” said El-Sayed Monday to a group of supporters in Detroit.
Congressional candidates to receive support from Ocasio-Cortez include Kaniela Ing (Hawaii), Kerri Harris (Delaware), Brent Welder (Kansas), Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts), Chardo Richardson (Florida), Cori Bush (Missouri), Sarah Smith (Washington state), and Linsey Fagan (Texas).
Like Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez appealed to voters with promises of free college tuition and free healthcare for all. Her naive platform also called to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, remove “big money” from politics, and transition the US to a 100% renewable system by the year 2035.
But the stance that earned her the most support seems to be her complete aversion to ‘corporate politicians’ like Crowley.
“You can’t serve two masters, just can’t do it. You need to be funded by everyday people if you are going to represent everyday people. Period,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “This is not left. This is bottom. This is middle,” she continued. “This is working-class. … It’s about the balance. There’s no problem being supported by businesses, especially if those businesses are in your community.”
The problem is when politicians come to represent the interests of “multibillion-dollar groups” rather than middle class Americans.
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As you can imagine, progressive Democrats throughout the country have practically been leaping for joy since Ocasio-Cortez defeated Crowley. DNC Chairman Tom Perez even called her ‘the future of the Party.’
And while I can see the appeal of electing a young, attractive Millennial to Congress, Democrats would do well to consider her lack of experience.
Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign against Crowley was her first time running for office, and her only real experience with politics was in 2016 when she worked for the Bernie Sanders campaign. Before that, she waited tables and worked as a community organizer.
Ocasio-Cortez’s win against Crowley is impressive, but it remains to be seen whether she has what it takes to beat her Republican opponent this fall or whether she can bring a mature opinion to Congress.
Editor’s note: Its amazing to me how the far left Democrats are socialist, having never learned how much a disaster it has been in each and every case. Perhaps she will be the first in human history to propose a socialist system that actually works??