Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

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Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

By all accounts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's upset of a 10-term Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday night was a stunner.

"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. "Stop burying the lede when it's a woman", tweeted journalist and author Victoria Brownworth. Ocasio-Cortez is also an unabashed member of the Democratic Socialists of America and was an organizer for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, both of which helped inform her platform.

Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowley on June 26, 2018 in New York City.

Ocasio-Cortez was being interviewed on live TV when a reporter remarked on the huge number of votes she'd received.

But as national media line up behind the attractive and articulate Ocasio-Cortez, and her social-media following explodes as it has done since her victory, tempering the radical Occupy remnants is going to become more hard. Means of Production co-founder Nick Hayes told The Intercept, "For a lot of these political candidates, who have nothing to offer people. staging a whole thing and creating this whole kind of fake world is necessary because you're working from nothing, you have nothing to work with".

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Pelosi defended her slot at the top of the party Wednesday at a news conference in the Capitol. Ocasio-Cortez has proven this was not just a flash in the pan.

Her victory is also the latest strike against the leadership of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a longtime bête noire for conservatives who in recent months has faced increasing criticism from her own ranks.

As for her brand of socialism, Ocasio-Cortez says it is all about "democratic participation" and "economic, social, and racial dignity". Perhaps he should have been nicer, and more respectful, to his President!

Nevertheless, progressive candidates ready to make change are winning elections and changing the dynamic of electoral politics. It's time for one of us.

The district Ocasio-Cortez hopes to represent is in the Bronx and Queens; roughly 50 percent of the people there are immigrants - and she says they've been yearning for a representative who speaks to them, and speaks for their needs.

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Her victory earned applause from Bernie Sanders, who said: "She took on the entire local Democratic establishment in her district and won a very strong victory".

"That is a big one that nobody saw happening", he added.

"I think that we're in the middle of a movement in this country", Ocasio-Cortez responded. Virtually every cell phone and house phone in the district was called, thousands of doors were knocked on, and multitudes of subway riders were greeted by campaign workers and the candidate herself.

"This race is about people versus money". Cedric Richmond, the Louisiana Democrat who heads the Congressional Black Caucus, says the focus for all Democrats needs to be on winning at least 218 House seats in November, enough to win back control of the House. "Not, 'What are we fighting against?'" Ocasio-Cortez said.

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