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Democratic Power Broker, Once a Possible House Leader, Loses New York Primary

By The New York Times

Rep. Joseph Crowley of New York, once seen as a possible successor to Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader of the House, suffered a shocking primary defeat Tuesday, the most significant loss for a Democratic incumbent in more than a decade and one that will reverberate across the party and the countryRead full story

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  • Major: “The race was not close. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez had more than 57 percent of the vote, with almost all precincts reporting.”

    “She ran as a woman, as a young person, as a working-class champion, as an unabashed liberal and as a person of color. “ a race to dissect ... and a sign of things to come in the mid terms.

  • Happy to see someone new and of younger generation win, especially of her caliber: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=rq3QXIVR0bs

    She made the point that not all Democrats are the same, and highlighted that her opponent, who’s been representing the district for nearly 20 years, was “someone who doesn't live here, won't send their kids to our schools, won't drink our water, won't breathe our air."

    Very curious to see if this type of grassroots candidate and campaign can be replicated elsewhere.

  • Leading up the race, this NYT story brought up these young stars going up against the establishment. It's amazing to me to still see how many of them write off young passion. Thus it's not surprising to see a major upset, and it won't be the last.

    https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/nyregion/congress-primaries-democrats-midterm-ny.html

  • This strikes me as a positive shake-up.

  • “Crowley’s loss left Democrats in Washington stunned.”

    This story should have been more about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and HER platform; rather than about another older, white male losing.

    And so the trend begins; out with the old, in with the new—many who will be younger, and most likely women of color: This year’s wave of female candidates has some striking features besides its sheer size. There is also a great deal of diversity within the group. It includes more women of color than previous

    “Crowley’s loss left Democrats in Washington stunned.”

    This story should have been more about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and HER platform; rather than about another older, white male losing.

    And so the trend begins; out with the old, in with the new—many who will be younger, and most likely women of color: This year’s wave of female candidates has some striking features besides its sheer size. There is also a great deal of diversity within the group. It includes more women of color than previous electoral years, as well as a number of immigrants, writes Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 4/2018.

    I can’t wait for November!

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/2018-midterm-elections-women-candidates-trump

    And @Trevor Zenwood: do you not have a problem with the POTUS acting like a fascist? Wake up, man.

  • This proves what happen when you forget where you came

    From. rep Crowley I believe thought he was untouchable and took the votes for granted. When you serve the people you are responsible to those people. He should have seen it coming, but probably chose to look the their way. Hopefully it’s a wake up call to more races and more politicians. Lesson just as the people voted you in they can vote you out.

  • “His departure leaves a gaping vacuum in the House, where he is the top-ranked Democrat under the age of 70”. Really? Positioning Crowley as the youngblood? We should all welcome fresh blood, perspective and a new generation to represent us in Washington.

  • The Democratics need young blood. Pelosi isn’t getting the job done.

  • It’s time the younger generations start leading. This is very exciting!

  • A Democrat, yes, but oddly she won for the same reason Trump won. People are fed up with the political class and those who use their position as power brokers instead of working for the people of America. Most people hate our current politicians, and the movement for a new direction continues. Bravo. Imagine a whole new group of leaders who want to solve problems, instead of those in power, now, who only want to throw barbs at the opposition, while quietly working for those organizations who enrich

    A Democrat, yes, but oddly she won for the same reason Trump won. People are fed up with the political class and those who use their position as power brokers instead of working for the people of America. Most people hate our current politicians, and the movement for a new direction continues. Bravo. Imagine a whole new group of leaders who want to solve problems, instead of those in power, now, who only want to throw barbs at the opposition, while quietly working for those organizations who enrich them personally, often at the expense of the public at large. We don’t have a king, we have 473 little kings, who are not listening unless you have money.

  • “Maybe he should have been nicer to his President”

    Really?

    Donald Trump might be the reason young democrats are running and winning, but no one elected in this blue wave is going to support his agenda.

  • The term socialist is often confused with ‘democratic socialism ‘

  • I don’t know anything about this race but I don’t like the idea of any socialist winning any race. To me a democratic socialist is still a socialist.

  • Our future is here!

  • This is a bad sign for Democrats

  • Is it possible that the Democratic Party will see a destructive force akin to Trump’s reshaping of the GOP? If both parties eschew their respective establishments and go to extremes, who will moderates and independents want to elect? Seems we have a ways to go before a representative middle emerges.

  • Her opponent had the Hillary syndrome of it being a done deal

  • I wonder if from what I've heard, her socialist leaning might make her more of a Republican target to try and win an extra seat where they thought one was too hard to win...

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