National Democrats will understand, perhaps, that it was a mistake to ever consider anointing Crowley, who merely represented a "new" generation because he was younger than Pelosi, who at least had the sense to oppose the Iraq War.
On Tuesday night, the impossible happened in New York City. She actually talked to people directly about the issues that matter. "Personally, in the a year ago I've twice been in rooms where I knew everyone was a citizen - a passport office in Lower Manhattan and at jury duty in the Bronx - and most people appeared to be new Americans". Ocasio-Cortez is being celebrated far and wide. "I never really saw myself running on my own", she told NY magazine.
When Burnett listed the ages of the septuagenarians now leading the Democratic party, Ocasio-Cortez said that it's time to elect "a new generation of people to Congress". "There are a lot of really exciting races with extremely similar dynamics as mine-it's not just one district".
She grew up in the Bronx..
"If a Democrat in this district can't champion those policies, where can they?" he said.
Ocasio-Cortez - who Vogue recently said "might just be the future of the Democratic party" - led a grassroots campaign and defeated 10-term Democrat Joe Crowley, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, in Tuesday's primary.
In a campaign ad, she said going into politics was never the plan. Born to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father from South Bronx, she says she was raised in a place where one's zip code determines your destiny.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez posted on Twitter after Ms Gillibrand's endorsement that the NY senator "didn't even bother to talk to nor consider me before endorsing". She went to Texas to see conditions at immigrant detention centres near the border. Ocasio-Cortez is definitely something of an anti-Trump figure. This time previous year, she was working as a bartender in the Bronx. She added that she does not take money from luxury real estate developers to avoid conflicts of interest.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old self-described socialist, unseated Rep. Joe Crowley, one of the most powerful and entrenched Democrats in Congress.
Vote her in next, Massachusetts. But be cautious about attributing her success to the rising salience of democratic socialism. "That's a really key piece for her", said Kenneth Elmore, Dean of Students at Boston University. Small-dollar donations and serious on-the-ground and digital organizing are helping insurgents take back the reins of power from big money.
But Ocasio-Cortez instead framed her campaign as a return to the party's roots. Also, Ocasio-Cortez is a member of Democratic Socialists of America.
Ocasio-Cortez is not the only young up-and-comer shaking up the Democratic party in New York City and across the country. They argued that the party needed to put forward more truly progressive candidates if it wanted to regain control of the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections. Sullivan remembers Ocasio-Cortez's speech as an example of her ability to encourage those around her.
Her plans for the House seat, which she is heavily favored to win in November, don't stop at progressive legislation.
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