Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pelosi on Ocasio-Cortez's win: They made a choice in 1 district

Pelosi on Ocasio-Cortez's win: They made a choice in 1 district

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the South Bronx handily defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley of Queens in New York's 14th District.

Congressman Joe Crowley was seen as a potential future speaker of the House of Representatives.

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Holtzman says she's excited to see what the 28-year-old can do. "I can not believe these numbers right now, but I do know that every single person here has worked their butt off to change the future of the Bronx and Queens".

Mrs. Pelosi, meanwhile, was put on the defensive, slapping down the idea that the NY race is a reminder of how the base has turned against the Democratic leadership.

Ocasio-Cortez is not the only young up-and-comer shaking up the Democratic party in New York City and across the country. It depends on who you're talking to.

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. "When the challenges we are confronted with are this big, this deep, and growing, I can't and I won't wait my turn".

"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", she said.

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Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. Asked why she thought her message resonated with voters, Ocasio-Cortez said, "I think a lot of working-class Americans and voters here have been waiting for an unapologetic champion for economic, social and racial dignity in the United States".

They do, however, generally believe the government should help provide for people's most basic needs and help all people have an equal chance at achieving success.

"If it is Donald Trump versus Nancy Pelosi, the president wins that every single time, and that's what's going to play out this election cycle", he said. Edward Kennedy's office, according to the Associated Press. She was waiting tables in a restaurant when she launched her long-shot congressional bid, handing out campaign literature in between shifts. In her early 20s, she started a book publishing company to paint her hometown in a different light and she promoted education and literacy in the borough.

"I've worked with expectant mothers, I've waited tables, and led classrooms, and going into politics wasn't in the plan", she said in the ad. She was also an organizer on Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.

"I wasn't born to a wealthy or powerful family", she says in a campaign video that went viral during the campaign.

"I think that some of the issues we even have today may have to do with some of the calcified structures and relationships", she said.

She joined protesters at the Standing Rock demonstration against a natural gas pipeline. "We need somebody fierce like that - a woman", Bronx voter Marcy White said. Her platform included Medicare for all, tuition-free public colleges, and the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). End it! ICE was established in 2003 in the same suite of legislation as the Patriot Act, the Iraq War, the AUMF. "They have no accountability to enforcing civil rights, which is why they violate all of those things flagrantly".

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