"We're a district that covers the Bronx and Queens and Rikers Island", she told United States news outlet Mic during her campaign. "She grew up in this community and knew these people". She endorsed Ocasio-Cortez Monday, with just hours left before the election. "Everything about Ocasio-Cortez, they could get from that fact about her", he said. Her father ran his own small business and her Puerto Rican mother cleaned houses. Her viral campaign video below is another good place to start for those wondering which issues voters care about in 2018.
Experts say she may be a novice, but she ran a spirited campaign against an opponent who took the campaign for granted, especially considering she was outspent 18 to 1. Edward Kennedy. After graduating with a degree in economics and global relations, she worked as a waitress and bartender to supplement her mother's income as a house cleaner and bus driver. She was also involved with the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, which strives to bring together students from diverse backgrounds, and studied overseas in Niger, according to the BU student paper, the Daily Free Press. This time previous year, she was working as a bartender in the Bronx. They point out that black and Latino voters make up a majority in the district; Oscasio-Cortez is Latina while Crowley is white.
So, what does a win from someone like Ocasio-Cortez mean for Republicans?
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now speaking out against the campaign volunteer who has gotten attention for his anti-Semitic platform.
Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist who served as a spokesman for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, said candidates like Ocasio-Cortez drew a helpful contrast with President Donald Trump and his administration. "So I think it created a lot of trust in our community and our message really inspired a lot of folks that don't usually turn out in an off-year midterm primary". "I wasn't born to a wealthy or powerful family". She spent Wednesday morning telling reporters of her hope of going to Washington "with an entire caucus of newly elected progressives" who aren't beholden to corporate donors and are willing to shake things up.
Her concern for the working class has led her to endorse bold legislation, including a federal jobs guarantee, Medicare for All, and free education. She recently visited an immigration detention center, posting photos of her experience on Twitter. So too has Ocasio-Cortez. "It is not to be viewed as something that stands for anything else", she added.
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. "Vote her next, Massachusetts'". If so, she could be the awakening of a real political revolution.
She had also pledged to refuse big-money donations and lobbying.
MacCallum said Ocasio-Cortez ripped Trump as an "authoritarian hyper-capitalist". Like the Labour Party, the Democratic Party is changing. The three pols ahead of him in the House Democratic pecking order are 78 (Nancy Pelosi), 79 (Steny Hoyer) and 78 (Jim Clyburn) years old. When she learned she beat the incumbent candidate, the shock was written all over face. There are undoubtedly more Ocasio-Cortezes out there, in every district across the country, waiting to be heard.
If she wins, she will become the youngest ever woman elected to Congress.