Democrat grandee ousted by far-left political novice

Liberal lawmakers said 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory in the New York City district over Mr. Crowley, a 20-year veteran of Capitol Hill and the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, shows activists are hungering for a change in tone and direction at the top of their party.

It all started after President Trump posted a ludicrous tweet, claiming Crowley lost because he wasn't nice enough to the far right extremist president.

District 14 covers parts of the Bronx and Queens, where census numbers show the population is almost half Hispanic - very different from when Crowley first took office 20 years ago, CBS2's Andrea Grymes reported.

Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

It might seem unbelievable that after Bernie Sanders' enormous success in the 2016 democratic primaries running on a grassroots campaign that condemned Wall Street's influence and called for social justice that Democrats can still be caught off guard by progressives unseating their heavyweights.

"What we're really talking about is reimagining immigration to be humane in a way that is transparent and accountable". "I counted out that possibility because I felt that possibility had counted out me".

Maybe it depends on where you're standing, but when the results came in for the Democratic primary in New York's 14 Congressional District, I could feel the earth move-and I'm writing this from London. "And it's to say that we need to really examine the historical inequities that have created much of the inequalities - both in terms of economics and social and racial justice - because they are intertwined". Born in the Bronx to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father who died in 2008, she said she knew she could connect with the district, which includes Queens and part of the Bronx.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, gathered with demonstrators to protest the Trump administrations immigration policy and the detention of children in Tornillo, Texas.

Ocasio-Cortez grew up in the Bronx and studied economics and global relations at Boston University.

"This is not an end, this is the beginning", she said to her supporters during a CNN interview on Tuesday.

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Cynthia Nixon, the "Sex and the City" actress who failed to secure the Democratic Party's support for her campaign for governor of New York State last month, said "the progressive revolution has begun".

The raucous victory party for congressional giant-killer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez featured a who's who of progressive NY politics, including actor-turned-gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon.

"I can not put this into words", she said.

"She is fighting for our community", Blanca said. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, said the NY upset sent a message to all establishment Democrats to stay in touch with their constituents.

"She has a name", said Bloomberg's White House reporter Jennifer Epstein.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with the NY gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon.

On CNN, Ocasio-Cortez spoke further about her opposition to ICE and the Trump administration's immigration policy, under which she said secretive children's detention centers are comparable to black sites run by the Central Intelligence Agency.

Crowley blew off two debates with Ocasio-Cortez, earning him a scathing critique in the New York Times.

"Ocasio-Cortez responded to the tweet by quoting Pressley, "'The people closest to the pain should be closest to the power.' -@AyannaPressley.

The district has been represented by Democrats since 1993. "I just am so overwhelmed that it happened so soon".

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