Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came out of nowhere to capture a shocking victory against a leader of the Democratic party.
Joe Crowley was being tapped to follow Speaker Pelosi, instead, he is probably knocking on lobbyists doors in DC looking for work.
It stunned the political world and struck fear in the hearts of establishment Democrats, but that was nothing compared to her next act.
She immediately threw in with a bunch of rebels who are seeking to primary her new colleagues from the left. Nice to meet you too.
So in a shocking act of political knife-fighting, they are hitting back. Arrogance goes before the fall as they say.
From The Hill:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has infuriated colleagues by aligning with a progressive outside group that’s threatening to primary entrenched Democrats. Now some of those lawmakers are turning the tables on her and are discussing recruiting a primary challenger to run against the social media sensation.
At least one House Democrat has been privately urging members of the New York delegation to recruit a local politician from the Bronx or Queens to challenge Ocasio-Cortez.
“What I have recommended to the New York delegation is that you find her a primary opponent and make her a one-term congressperson,” the Democratic lawmaker, who requested anonymity, told The Hill.
“You’ve got numerous council people and state legislators who’ve been waiting 20 years for that seat. I’m sure they can find numerous people who want that seat in that district.”
No potential challengers to Ocasio-Cortez have yet emerged. But one New York political insider noted that the Queens and Bronx district is home to many ambitious pols who are close to Crowley and don’t like that a political outsider took his seat.
“She’s pissing off a lot of people and has probably made a lot of enemies. … A lot of people who are furious with her are Joe’s allies, including some named Crowley,” said the insider, referring to Crowley’s cousin, Elizabeth Crowley, a former New York City councilwoman. “She is a woman. She’s been moving more to the left. She would be someone interesting.”
Cortez disputes the claims she wants to primary fellow Democrats but her spokesman said she would welcome a primary.
“We believe in primaries as an idea. We’re not upset by the idea of being primaried. We are not going to go out there being anti-primary — they are good for the party,” said Corbin Trent
“If voters in the district feel that they can be better represented, that will be their choice on primary day.”