Joe Crowley's Defeat Has a Lot to Do With Democratic Party Superdelegates

Hugh Fox
July 1, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says while the New York City district of a defeated Democratic congressman may have shifted to the left, that doesn't necessarily mean it's happening everywhere.

The political newcomer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was working as a server in a NY restaurant just nine months ago, is a former volunteer for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign and comes from a Puerto Rican family. In November 2018, she will be take on Republican candidate Anthony Pappas for a seat in the US House of Representatives.

She led a boldly progressive campaign, supporting universal healthcare, tuition-free college and criminal justice reform. Her "progressive" ideas included the abolition of ICE (the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

Rebecca Katz, a New York-based Democratic strategist advising Cynthia Nixon's insurgent gubernatorial campaign against incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, said Washington was caught off guard because Mr. Crowley lost touch with his district.

She recently applauded Hamas terrorists who called for the murder of Israeli civilians while violently trying to break through the border as "engaging in political expression".

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Rep. Crowley, 56, is the fourth-highest ranking Democrat in the House, chair of the House Democratic Caucus and the Queens Democratic Party and was thought by many to be the next speaker of the House.

They thanked each other after the result, with Mr Crowley saying he would support Ms Ocasio-Cortez in the mid-terms. "So what we're really talking about is re-imagining immigration to be humane, and in a way that is transparent and accountable".

"I think that there are serious grounds in violations of the emoluments clause from day one", she said.

At his concession speech, Mr Crowley played guitar, dedicating the song Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen to Ms Ocasio-Cortez. The district, which encompasses parts of Queens and the Bronx and is about half Hispanic, leans deeply Democratic and her primary win all but assures she'll soon be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. "The question for the party is: Is this going to go, now, national?"

On Tuesday night, Sanders, also a democratic socialist, congratulated Ocasio-Cortez.

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SNELL: Pelosi told reporters Wednesday that she is certain that progressive politics and democratic socialism in particular are not ascendant in her party.

Ocasio-Cortez and Bunkeddeko have also exposed incumbent weaknesses.

The progressive left just fired a warning shot across the bow of the Democratic Party establishment.

"This is the second primary debate in which Mr. Crowley was a no-show", according to a scathing New York Times editorial published last week. "'I think there was a good deal of incredulity and some pretty severe criticism, ' Price said". "I saw how all of the people-particularly the Native people and the Lakota Sioux-were putting their whole lives and everything that they had on the line for the protection of their community".

Very few entrenched Democratic officials were willing to criticize the setup when most of the 712 superdelegates made Hillary Clinton the far-ahead "frontrunner" by announcing their support for her before a single ballot was cast in a primary or caucus to choose the 2016 nominee.

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