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    Queens is ‘very fertile ground’ for an upset - Queens Chronicle: Queenswide - 2018 Mar 8 - this is another story of how AOC's campaign looked before her victory, and the first Queens Chronicle story on that.
    “It was an opportunity for working-class Americans to really have a clear channel to political representation in this county,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “After that disaster of a general election, I decided with my friends that it wasn’t over. We were just beginning a strong political movement in this country.”

    She and her Sanders campaign colleagues then traveled the country to meet with activists and ordinary individuals — including those impacted by the water crisis in Flint, Mich. and Native Americans protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock.

    The day after she returned to the Bronx from Standing Rock, Ocasio-Cortez said, is when BNC called her and asked her to run for Congress against Crowley.
    The timeline is a bit confused. Seems like AOC first got an e-mail from BNC, then a phone call.
    “They looked at the incumbent, how much are they corroding his or her party with corporate interests. And Joe Crowley is very much up there,” she said, when asked why BNC backs her.

    According to his challenger, Crowley is focused more on serving his donors than his constituents. Per OpenSecrets.org, a website that tracks campaign contributions, $229,000 of the $2 million Crowley raised in 2017 came from developers, while $216,000 was given by those in financial investment.

    It is those connections with developers looking to build in the Queens portion of his district, not the voters, that Crowley cares about the most, according to Ocasio-Cortez.

    “Luxury real estate developers are some of the largest contributors to Joe Crowley,” she said. “[Overdevelopment] is done with the help of the Queens machine. Residents are extremely frustrated that they can’t afford to live in communities they have resided in for generations.”
    This her campaign pitch: we have the people, they have the money.

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    (AOC's victory over Joe Crowley)
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    Through a fluke low-turnout primary.
    A fluke? AOC claims that NY primaries have low turnouts, meaning that this was likely typical. I'd have to check ballotpedia.org about that.

    she says that the Standing Rock camp helped her relate to her Taino Indian ancestry.
    I wonder if she is more than 1/1024 Taino.
    A lot more. Puerto Ricans mentions
    Studies have shown that the racial ancestry mixture of the average Puerto Rican (regardless of racial self-identity) is about 56% European/North African (Canary Islander Guanche), 28% Sub-Saharan African, and 16% Native Taino, with European ancestry strongest on the west side of the island and West African ancestry strongest on the east side, and consistent levels of Taino ancestry throughout the island. Even though over 75% of the population of Puerto Rico self identifies as white, only about 25% are purely (or close to pure) of European/North African ancestry. About 45-50% of Puerto Ricans have high amounts of black West African ancestry, but majority are mixed race and self identify as white, the opposite of the US One drop rule, a legacy the Regla de Sacar law in colonial Puerto Rico.[34]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mumbles View Post
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    Yea, right, never mind that AOC lives just a 16 minute walk away from her office yet drives a dirty fossil fueled automobile to work every day. Never mind saving the planet. The hypocrisy is truly breathtaking!

    https://www.chicksonright.com/blog/2...artment-in-dc/
    I'm aware of the fact that "chicks on the right" has always been a goofy group - I stopped as soon as I saw that asinine "She says that housing isn't affordable in DC, BUT SHE LIVES IN A LUXURY APARTMENT!!!!1!" argument. That's oe of the more obvious, and popular, ad hominem arguments around. She could live in a mansion complete with Scrooge McDuck money bin, and she'd still be correct - DC lacks affordable housing - as does the entire corridor from Richmond VA to Baltimore MD. Want cheap housing? Be prepared to live in a slum, *and* have your neighbors consider you a gentrifier.
    So it's fine to ignore the hypocrisy because it's AOC! Had that been a conservative, there'd be hell to pay!

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    Ocasio-Cortez on the ballot in NY-14 - Queens Chronicle: Queenswide - "Crowley expects easy primary win"
    This year marks the first time Crowley, who represents the state’s 14th Congressional District, has faced a Democratic primary challenger since he represented NY-7 prior to redistricting six years ago.

    The 2004 primary was no contest, however, as Crowley crushed former state Sen. Dennis Coleman by 44 percentage points in what was a low-turnout race.

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    If Ocasio-Cortez is to pull off a stunning upset of the House Democratic Caucus chairman — whom insiders view as a top candidate for speaker of the House, should Democrats retake the chamber — she will have to overcome a number of massive hurdles, beginning with fundraising.
    Joe Crowley is a big fundraiser, and he outraised AOC by a sizable factor: 10 to 20.

    Crowley, Ocasio-Cortez debate as primary nears - Queens Chronicle: Western Queens News

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez crushes Joe Crowley in primary stunner - Queens Chronicle: Editions
    “Every person here this evening changed America tonight,” Ocasio-Cortez said to thunderous applause. “You have given this country proof that when you knock on your neighbor’s door; when you come to them with love; when you let them know that you’re there for them, we can make change.”

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    “What I want to make very clear is that this is not an end. This is a beginning,” she told her supporters. “Because the message we sent the world tonight is that it’s not OK to put donors before your community. The message we sent tonight is that improved and expanded healthcare for every single person in America is what we deserve as a nation.

    “What we proved tonight is that sometimes, in the deep darkness of our political environment, that there is still hope for this nation. That is what you have given every person in this country.”
    Crowley out, Maloney escapes, Meeks routs - Queens Chronicle: Queenswide
    Carolyn Maloney and Gregory Meeks will have challengers this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
    A fluke? AOC claims that NY primaries have low turnouts, meaning that this was likely typical. I'd have to check ballotpedia.org about that.
    I didn't mean that the low turnout was a fluke, but her victory. The low turnout is what made the fluke upset more likely because any fluctuation is exaggerated.

    A lot more. Puerto Ricans mentions
    It was a joke referring to Warren being 1/1024 a Cherokee princess. But I do not see how a likely Taino ancestry makes what AOC says about pipelines any more significant.

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    Alexandria the Great’s amazing victory over Crowley - Queens Chronicle: Editorials

    What happens next? Pols talk Crowley’s loss - Queens Chronicle: Queenswide
    Some local politicians claim that AOC's upset victory was not such a big upset, from her campaign being very visible:
    “For me, on the ground, I was watching and feeling that momentum build. There was no question that it was building steam every day,” Van Bramer told the Chronicle. “You could see more and more Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez people as the days went by on the corner, at the green market and knocking on doors.”

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    “Her videos are very well done and her message is clear. She’s articulate. This woman goes right to it,” Holden said. “I thought she would give him a run for his money. I know some people in the district who said she rang their doorbells twice but they never saw Joe Crowley.”
    AOC's campaign mailings were also much more informative than JC's.
    Asked why Crowley lost, both Van Bramer and Holden both gave credit to Ocasio-Cortez for running an inspired campaign based on ideas and placed blame on the incumbent for potentially not taking the race seriously until it was too late.
    Another one had a different theory.
    Instead, he said it had almost everything to do with a paltry 13 percent turnout, disgust over the Trump administration and progressives nationwide specifically “targeting” Crowley — whom some liberals see as too corporatist to lead the party — in an effort to help move Washington more to the left.

    “I think there was a lot of outside people that wanted to push this,” Den Dekker said. “I believe this particular seat was targeted to make a statement.”
    During the 2018 primary campaign, Joe Crowley contributed some money to one of Amy Vilela's opponents for the NV-04 seat in 2018. Which supports the asleep-at-the-wheel theory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
    Yes, I've seen numerous right-wingers call AOC an economic ignoramus.
    Well she is. You just have to look at her GND proposal or the related "GND for public housing" to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derec View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
    A fluke? AOC claims that NY primaries have low turnouts, meaning that this was likely typical. I'd have to check ballotpedia.org about that.
    I didn't mean that the low turnout was a fluke, but her victory. The low turnout is what made the fluke upset more likely because any fluctuation is exaggerated.
    I doubt that it was a fluke, because of her massive get-out-the-vote operation. She had a very good ground game.

    A lot more. Puerto Ricans mentions
    It was a joke referring to Warren being 1/1024 a Cherokee princess. But I do not see how a likely Taino ancestry makes what AOC says about pipelines any more significant.
    I agree that those are separate issues. But to her, it was a way to feel a connection to her Taino ancestry.

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    Instagram story posts can link to other Instagram posts. AOC did several of them recently.

    Natl Domestic Workers Alliance (@domesticworkers) • Instagram photos and videos - she mentioned it and mentioned how her mother did a lot of cleaning of houses. In her childhood, she'd sometimes do her homework in houses that her mother was cleaning. She also mentioned Alia - "Help your cleaner get paid time off and insurance for just $5 per cleaning"

    Does this mean that AOC might be hiring a housecleaner some time soon? Or more likely two housecleaners, one for NYC and one for DC.


    MoveOn on Instagram: “Ayanna Pressley Is Fighting for Us
    "My Mother, may she rest in power, made sure I knew early on that the pursuit and the work of justice is a cradle to grave struggle." @AyannaPressley shares her fierce commitment to justice that fuels her tireless work to hold Trump accountable for his crimes.”


    Maria Hinojosa on Instagram: “First day teaching style @barnardcollege BRING IT!!!!!!!”

    David Begnaud on Instagram: “Tomorrow
    I'm packing a bag to head down to Puerto Rico. .
    I will cover the protest & participate in the inaugural event for PR Live.
    Looking forward to being back on the island.”


    Morris Park BID on Instagram: “❗️Plastic Bag Ban& Paper Bag Fee start on March 1, 2020❗️@NYCSanitation will prohibit distribution of single-use plastic bags. All businesses covered by the ban must charge a $0.05 fee on paper bags (SNAP or WIC customers excepted). More on this NY State law at on.ny.gov/byobagny 🌳@rubendiazjr #Bronx #byobagny”

    Then a bit of video of her unfolding a foldable cloth bag.

    (Painting of AOC)
    Andrea Acevedo LADYMUSH 🦋🍄 on Instagram: 💥A fighter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    #butterflymush #femaleartist #aoc #alexandriaocasiocortez #thesquad #art #digitalart #painting #portrait #nyc #womenincongress #thefutureisfemale #empoweredwomen #inspo #Mushgirl @aoc”


    "Sorry, we don't use takeaway coffee cups ... BYO, or just take a break + have a coffee cup here."
    StayBlooming.com on Instagram: “More of this please! ☕️ Do you know of any places that don’t use disposable cups? Tag them below, give them the credit they deserve! Seen via @reusablenation. #reuseable #disposable #singleuse #plastic #takeaway #plasticfree #thinkgreen #gogreen #ecoconscious #environment
    AOC then commented on her experiences in Niger, that people would have to wait for coffee cups and then drink their coffee before departing. It's a nice way of slowing down, and one can get to appreciate the surrounding world. Also talk to fellow customers.

    Bronx Brigade on Instagram: “Today we were joined by @AOC at the Mason Tenders’ training center, who spoke to @laborers79 members about how we can create safe, quality work opportunities in the #Bronx and across NYC.
    We are ready to fight for #BetterCareers and an economically empowered BX! 💪🦺🏗🏘👷🏽*♀️Thanks for joining us Congress Women Ocasio-Cortez!”


    She also tweeted about that meeting:
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter: "Had a powerful, moving meeting in Queens yesterday on developing a #GreenNewDeal with our family in the @LIUNA laborers’ union.
    A GND requires the creation of millions of dignified, union jobs to rebuild and decarbonize US infrastructure.
    Together we can get it done.
    💪🏽🌎👷🏽*♀️ https://t.co/angGxFj9XJ" / Twitter

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