(NY POST) New York Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backs calls from fellow progressives to mount primary campaigns against moderate Democrats whose politics they believe are to the right of their constituents’.
“Long story short, I need you to run for office,” Ocasio-Cortez said on a video conference call hosted by the leftist Justice Democrats, as the group launched a campaign dubbed #OurTime, Politico reported.
Justice Democrats backed Ocasio-Cortez’s primary campaign against incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, the powerful Queens Democratic Party boss whose loss sent shock waves through the party’s centrist wing.
While it is unusual for a freshman lawmaker-in-waiting to openly challenge her party’s incumbents, Ocasio-Cortez’s call to action was reminiscent of Tea Party challenges to centrist Republicans, when GOP stalwarts like ex-Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia faced primary challenges from the right.
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