Perez: Ocasio-Cortez Is ‘The Future of Our Party’

Perez: Ocasio-Cortez Is ‘The Future of Our Party’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being hailed as the new face of the Democratic party after vanquishing Queens party boss Joe Crowley in Tuesday's primary, but one former co-worker isn't jumping on her bandwagon.

"What Alexandria has in common with people like Conor Lamb, who also won an upset victory, is that they're fighting for the issues that their constituents care most about", he said, referring to the Democrat who flipped a red Pennsylvania congressional district in a March special election.

Ocasio-Cortez's campaign website says that she was "born in the Bronx to two working-class parents" but because of the state of Bronx public schools she ended up going to school 40 minutes away, in Yorktown. Ocasio-Cortez would be just one of millions of millennials who came from an upwardly mobile middle class and then couldn't sustain that level of economic success. Crowley is head of the Queens Democratic machine, so powerful that he hadn't had a primary opponent in years, and he outspent her 10 to 1. Here is everything you need to know about the inspiring candidate, who was working as a bartender up until past year.

Ocasio-Cortez tells a variation of that story all the time, and for good reason.

"She did the hard work", Duckworth continued. That house with the leafy yard Cardillo tweeted out?

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Attempts to reach Ocasio-Cortez were unsuccessful. Responding to a critic on Twitter who insinuated that Yorktown Heights is nicer than the Bronx, Ocasio-Cortez said: "It is nice".

"My mom scrubbed toilets so I could live here & I grew up seeing how the zip code one is born in determines much of their opportunity", she tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez has drawn particular attention for her embrace of democratic socialism, which she said means to her that "in a modern, moral and wealthy society, no American should be too poor to live".

John Cardillo, in response to the fierce rebuttal, said that he stood corrected about Ocasio-Cortez's alma mater, but continued to insist that the NY Democratic candidate was not being wholly truthful about her past.

Since June 26, Trent said, fundraising for Justice Democrats has doubled even though the group was not always mentioned in stories about Ocasio-Cortez.

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