UPDATED 11:36 AM PT — Thurs. July 12, 2018
28-year-old political novice Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez enacted widespread conversation about the Democratic platform, leaving party members to question how her recent success reflects the voter landscape.
The Democrat socialist scored an upset win over incumbent Representative Joe Crowley in the race for New York’s 14th District after a ten-term run.
In an interview with NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ Ocasio-Cortez stated her victory could indicate the changing platform of her party.
“There are a lot of districts in this country that are like New York 14 that have changed a lot in the last 20 years and whose representation has not,” she stated. “It’s not to say whether someone should be voted out or voted in, but I think it definitely speaks to perhaps us evolving in our messaging and at least how we do things.”
While Crowley announced his support for Ocasio-Cortez, he often criticized her inexperience. He said the district and the party need strong, experienced leadership — especially during President Trump’s term.
Her district win further prompted Republicans to claim the Democratic Party may be moving too far left.
Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth also stepped in with a warning, saying a shift farther left could ostracize Midwestern voters.
Since Ocasio-Cortez’s election, the Bronx-born representative has slammed the GOP, accusing them of using intimidation in recent decisions and rulings.
“I’m a fighter, you know I’m always one for a fight, especially when we see what the GOP has done,” she stated. “I feel like they’re kind of ‘gaslighting’ the country when they want to fight, when they want to bend and break the rules and stretch the constitution to its limits, they’ll do it, but when they’re on the other side of the table, it’s no, decorum.”
This comes as the Democratic Party vies to regain cohesion amid preparation for upcoming mid-term elections.