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Crowley, Ocasio-Cortez, Face Off in New York Congressional Primary Tomorrow

Rep. Joe Crowley (left) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

June 25, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

New York’s primary congressional elections have at last arrived, where Rep. Joe Crowley and progressive candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will vie to represent the state’s 14th congressional district for the U.S. House of Representatives tomorrow.

While the primary elections will see candidates battle it out for eight congressional districts, the fight to represent the 14th, which covers Woodside, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights, and parts of Astoria and the Bronx, has perhaps been the most buzzed-about, as it marks the first time Crowley will face a primary challenger in 14 years.

Crowley, a 10-term representative considered by many to be one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress, is up against 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez, a third-generation Bronxite and first-time political candidate running a steadfast grassroots campaign.

Ocasio-Cortez’ campaign has focused on denouncing machine, establishment politics and portraying Crowley as “bankrolled by corporations”. She offers instead a new direction for the party in the form of a progressive agenda that includes expanding Medicare-for-All, housing as a human right, and abolishing ICE.

She has also led a campaign without funds from corporate PACS and lobbyists, a choice she says allows her to better put the needs of working class families first.

“For too long, we have allowed Democrats to settle for rising rents, pricey healthcare, and underfunded education,” reads her candidate statement. “In the wealthiest nation in the world, it shouldn’t take 100 years to accomplish great things for working families—it takes political courage.”

Crowley’s campaign has focused on his track record and near two-decade experience representing the district in Washington, especially in his recent fight against President Trump. His top issues are expanding healthcare, equality, and immigration reform.

“I want every New Yorker to have a better, more just future where every family has the ability to secure a quality education that will lead to a well-paying job, the chance to save money to ensure a secure retirement, and help their children afford college,” part of his candidate statement reads.

He has also largely refuted criticism raised by Ocasio-Cortez on topics ranging from his donors, political connections and stances, and connection to his constituents.

The two have debated in person on Spectrum News NY1 and just last week in Jackson Heights. Crowley, however, has received heavy criticism for not showing up to two debates, with the New York Times editorial board writing a scathing response to his decision to send a former City Councilwoman to debate Ocasio-Cortez in the Bronx in his place.

Ocasio-Cortez has received endorsements from several left-leaning organizations, including Democracy for America and MoveOn. She was also endorsed by Cynthia Nixon, the Democratic candidate for New York governor.

Crowley has received endorsement from several Democratic establishment leaders and groups, including Governor Cuomo and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. Groups in support include Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, and the New York State Immigrant Action Fund.

Campaign fundraising records as of June 6 show about $2.5 million received in contributions for Crowley, with roughly $301,000 raised for Ocasio-Cortez.

Polls are open tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Only registered Democrats can vote in the June 26 primary.

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kushal kumar

Elections results to Midterm Primaries 2018 in the US show that women have won exceptionally well. Women got nod in 3 of 4 States with Primaries. A woman in San Francisco has won Mayor position. There is another stunning result which has seized nation-wide interest in the US. Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez , 28 , beat 10 -term political veteran Joe Crowley on 26 June 2018 in Congressional Primary for New York City. These results look to be confirming this Vedic astrology writer’s predictions for women in the US which had said that in 2018 , more so around April 2018 , “ women are likely to hear cheerful news for them”. This prediction was made by this Vedic astrology writer on 11 October , 2017 through article – “ Astrological probable alerts for the United States in 2018” – published in monthly Webzine of Wisdom Magazine from the US at wisdom-magazine.com/Article.aspx/4647/ on 1 December , 2017.

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Steve O'Conell

I agree with the others. It’s time for Crowley to get out of office. He had 20 years to help his constituents, and all he did was take care of family and friends. It’s not fair to voters that he has been lying, and actually lives in Virginia. He will never become become Speaker of the House – young Democrats across the country will reject him. He is establishment, beholden to corporations, same donors as Trump, and suddenly moved to a progressive platform because his challenger Ocasio-Cortez (very bright, and compelling) pushed him to the left. He thought he could sit in office for life. Just saw Ocasio-Cortez campaign video – not surprised she has earned national fame. .VOTE TOMORROW! (6/26): The Courage to Change | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is much better for our district – see the video and you will know what I mean.

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Trust fund kids go home

If you’re gonna use a fake Irish name..learn how to spell it . O’Connell .

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Julia C. McGee

It’s time for Crowley to get out of this office. He has no right representing District 14 Queens/ Bronx , when majority of residents are working class (70 percent ) Hispanic, Asian , Black and he is an older, white guy who has deceived voters , and lives in a wealthy suburb of Virginia for past 15 years? He is also part of the out of touch Democratic establishment in Washington that got Trump elected. Over twenty years, he has also used his office in unethical ways to enrich family and friends, and he takes money from luxury realtors that raise rents in Queens, and also from some of the same corporate donors as Trump. Ocasio-Cortez is inspiring, smart and represents the new Democrats who won’t take corporate money. She has garnered attention and support from around the country, and her campaign video had gone viral. She deserves to win – Crowley should step aside.

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