Rep. Joe Crowley, one of the highest ranking members of the Democrats in the House of Representatives lost his primary election in a massive upset to 28-year-old community organizer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Crowley had held his seat in Congress since 1999 and had deep Wall Street connections that allowed him to outraise Ocasio-Cortez by a 10-to-1 margin.
Crowley was one of the Democrats’ top fundraisers and was the likely successor to Nancy Pelosi.
“This is not an end, this is the beginning,” said Ocasio-Cortez to her supporters after her victory. “This is the beginning because the message that we sent the world tonight is that it’s not OK to put donors before your community.”
Again, Ocasio-Cortez’s victory is yet another example of the establishment taking voters for granted. Remind anyone of Hillary Clinton’s failures during the 2016 election?
Crowley was so confident in his victory that he did not even attend the primary debate, which backfired and received backlash from the community where even the New York Times called him out for the no-show.
Ocasio-Cortez, an activist and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, ran on a platform even further left than Crowley with very blue policies, such as Medicare-for-all, housing and jobs guarantees, gun control, ending private prisons, abolishing ICE, and investing in Puerto Rico.
"I want to congratulate Ms. Ocasio-Cortez on her victory tonight," Crowley said in a statement. "I look forward to supporting her and all Democrats this November.”
“The Trump administration is a threat to everything we stand for here in Queens and the Bronx, and if we don't win back the House this November, we will lose the nation we love," he concluded.
Unfortunatley for Rep. Crowley, the only House he will be involved with this next term is his own house as his primary loss will put him on the sidelines for the first time in nearly 20 years.