BU Grad Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unseats 10-Term Incumbent

BU Grad Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unseats 10-Term Incumbent

BU Grad Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unseats 10-Term Incumbent

Ocasio-Cortez, a Hispanic who was a campaign organizer for Sen. Not to mention, Ocasio-Cortez is one of the first American politicians of any party to propose a plan that would keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.

"This is the start of a movement", Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday morning after defeating 10-term Congressman Joseph Crowley in the House of Representatives. Much credit also goes to Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress, who recruited Ocasio-Cortez and believed in her long before anyone else thought she had a chance.

She had never been elected to public office before, and only a few months ago was a total unknown.

"It's more important than ever before to know who the new voters are", said Stu Loeser, a veteran New York Democratic strategist.

Harlow said the candidate was "clearly" accusing her party of dismissing and ignoring "factions of society", and she asked Ocasio-Cortez to specify which voters she meant.

The shock of her victory was written on her face Tuesday night at the results came in.

"She's really had her mind and her heart set on improving the lives of people that live in communities like ours", said Raul Fernandez, a BU professor who worked with Ocasio-Cortez when she was a student ambassador in the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground.

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"Millennials - they think of us as punk kids, but we're in our late twenties, we're in our thirties, and we're the ones that are going to have to deal with climate change, with automation, with a changing economy", she told hosts, ABC News' chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl and political director Rick Klein.

In November, Ocasio-Cortez will run against Republican Anthony Pappas, who captured the GOP nomination unopposed. "You have given this country hope, you have given this country proof that when you knock on your neighbor's door, when you come to them with love, when you let them know that no matter your stance, you are there for them - that we can make change".

Like Dave Brat, the upstart who beat Cantor, Ocasio-Cortez drew a sharp ideological line between herself and the incumbent, suggesting his cautious centrism and corporate ties made him a poor representative of such a heavily Democratic district. "Because she was a person of color, representing me".

A stunning upset win against a longtime Democratic incumbent in the NY primaries has many talking about a "Democratic Spring".

Cynthia Nixon, the actor running to dethrone Andrew Cuomo as New York's governor and also forms part of the "Pink Wave" of female candidates seeking political positions, seems to agree. She advocates for housing as a human right and says on her campaign website that she is in favor of expanding the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, which provides tax incentives to encourage developers to build affordable housing. We will see how she holds up now that money and power are calling. "When people feel like they are being spoken directly to, I do feel like they'll do things like turn out in an off-year, midyear primary".

"But is the Democratic Party not doing that?" she said.

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