Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thanks LGBT community after landmark win

Rep. Joseph Crowley and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi following a meeting of the House Democratic caucus at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 31 2018 in Washington DC

If Democrats take over the House, Pelosi and other leaders will likely be rewarded, he said.

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. But if the party falls short "there will be new leadership throughout".

"I am female. I am progressive". "So what's your problem?"

"These results are also a shot across the bow of the Democratic establishment in Washington: a young, diverse, and boldly progressive Resistance Movement isn't waiting to be anointed by the powers that be", said Matt Blizek, of MoveOn.

But Vahedi, who lived on Ocasio-Cortez's dorm floor freshman year ("Warren Towers, 16B"), was not surprised by the political upset.

"They should be afraid, they should be angry", Cuomo said.

Ocasio-Cortez says her first goal, if elected to the House (an nearly sure thing), is to introduce legislation abolishing ICE, a bridge too far for even Bernie, but a romanticized goal among the online far-left monster given life by Dr. Bernie Frankenstein. Insurgent candidates will learn from her incredible ability to succinctly answer interview questions in only 15 to 20 seconds, a fact duly noted by Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" the day following the election. The district straddles the Bronx and Queens.

"Geez, dudes-the news is #AlexandriaOcasioCortez, not Joe Crowley".

Clyburn, 77, and Pelosi, 78, are often criticized themselves for growing out of step with the new, fresh faces of their party - a characterization they both vehemently reject.

"I hope you'd recognize how late in life I got here and other people who look like me", Clyburn told reporters on Wednesday.

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. "For Crowley to lose that election, that was a shocker", he said Wednesday. He said the two races were "apples and oranges".

"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. It was a trip to Standing Rock in 2016 that ultimately pushed her to take the chance and run in her longtime district.

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She beat Rep. Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent, who had gone unopposed in Democratic primaries for more than a decade.

A New Jersey congressman, Bill Pascrell, said: "I think this is absolutely an insult to us".

Rep. Ruben Gallego, Arizona Democrat and a member of the progressive caucus, said he doesn't envision Democrats facing the same struggles in unifying the wings of their party. She faces Republican Anthony Pappas in November.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: Women like me aren't supposed to run for office. But she made a powerful case for herself in an immigrant-heavy part of NY that includes Queens and the Bronx. It's time for one of us.

She issued a brief warning to President Trump, who tweeted a harsh farewell to Crowley.

Ocasio-Cortez, 28, is a Bronx native, former campaign organizer for Sen.

Born in the Bronx to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father who died in 2008, Ocasio-Cortez said she made a decision to challenge Crowley to push a more progressive stance on economic and other issues.

RUBEN GALLEGO: Whoever's running for leadership is going to have to justify their existence. Gender, class and sexual orientation all contribute to who they are, how they relate to voters, and perhaps most singularly significant - how they approach policymaking.

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