What Young Solo Lawyers Can Learn From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

J. Scott Applewhite  AP

J. Scott Applewhite AP

They include tuition-free public college, a $15 federal minimum wage, an expansion of the Medicare program to include people of all ages, a universal jobs guarantee and abolishing the country's immigration law enforcement agency.

(Corbin Trent, the co-director of Justice Democrats who also served as Ocasio-Cortez's communications director, spent weeks trying-mostly without success-to interest reporters in the campaign.) But if the movement is going to become a powerful electoral force-as opposed to an every-four-years guilty bystander-its leaders need to start taking seriously, and acting on, the Sanders campaign slogan: "Not Me, Us".

"I'm hoping that more candidates like me are victorious in their primaries and I hope that we can focus on getting money out of politics and championing the social economic and racial justice and rights of all working-class Americans", she said.

But Ocasio-Cortez's stance on impeachment differs with that of some high-ranking Democrats, especially House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The self-described "Democratic socialist" who ousted a 10-term, NY congressman in a Democratic primary has a strong connection to a MA progressive also facing off against an incumbent. And, in addition to being the youngerst female elected to Congress, she would be "the first member of Congress to talk like Cardi B", Noah noted.

Voters in her district responded by giving her almost 60% of their vote, despite the mainstream news ignoring her and her opponent outspending her 18 to 1.

With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's primary victory in New York's 14th Congressional District, a new Democratic star is born.

"It was a complete shock", she said of her victory over Crowley, the fourth-ranking House Democrat.

On Tuesday night, Sanders, also a democratic socialist, congratulated Ocasio-Cortez. "We've got people. They've got money", Ocasio-Cortez said in the ad.

"Women like me aren't supposed to run for office", she said in the viral video.

The Democratic Party's leadership in Washington, however, will certainly have to expand their own tent in order to accomodate Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez also made an impression during her time at BU.

He said that he did direct friends to donate to her campaign, and volunteered for her for eight hours but "purposefully did not tweet until the media couldn't do anything about it". But to those who were paying attention to New York City's outer boroughs, the young liberal Latina's victory was not so shocking. "We had felt so great all day, but to see what that feeling looked like in numbers was really astonishing".

"I was really motivated", said Daniel Puerto, 26, who immigrated to the USA from Colombia.

"There is no such thing as being unassailable, in America", she said.

"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". Crowley, and Irish-American party organization man (he is chairman of the Queens Democratic Party), is like a holdover from a different era of NY politics. Speaking from New York, Max Crema tells me why the primary was triggered in the first place.

Citing scheduling conflicts, he missed a debate in the Bronx with Ocasio-Cortez, sending former city councilwoman Annabel Palma as a surrogate.

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