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September 21, 2015

Cortez Blesses New Push To Oust Incumbent Democrats In Primaries

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Canada Goose Outlet Ocasio Cortez delivered the appeal in a phone call on Saturday with some 700 progressive activists organized by Justice Democrats, the group of alumni of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential bid. Canada Goose Outlet

“Long story short, I need you to run for office,” canada goose outlet mississauga Ocasio Cortez began her remarks. “We all need to run at all levels of government, but I really hope that many of you join me here in Congress.”

Justice Democrats recruited Ocasio Cortez to run and played a key role in her upset of Rep. Joe Crowley, a House power broker, in New York’s Democratic primary in June. Ocasio Cortez then easily won the seat Crowley has held since 1999 in this month’s general election. iphone xr case outlet uk

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Justice Democrats’ inclusion of demographic criteria likely means that even some reliably progressive white Democrats who represent more diverse districts won’t be safe from such challenges in 2020. The group already showcased that approach with its support for Ayanna Pressley, a black Boston city council memberwho unseated progressive Rep. Michael Capuano (D Mass.) in a primary in September.

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“There are some good people who want to push for stuff, but they don’t have the backup right now to do anything big,” said Saikat Chakrabarti, a founder of Justice Democrats who is headed to Washington to serve as Ocasio Cortez’s chief of staff. “So we need new leaders, period. We’ve got to primary folks.”

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buy canada goose jacket On Tuesday, Ocasio Cortez attended the Sunrise Movement’s sit in at the office of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D Calif.) and endorsed the group’s call for a select committee to address climate change that is comprised solely of members of Congress who have not received fossil fuel industry money. powered entirely by renewable energy by 2035. buy canada goose jacket

The committee idea has gainedsupport from a handfulof sitting House canada goose outlet authentic Democrats and newly elected ones. But the proposal and Ocasio Cortez’s support for it also elicited some public opposition from veteran Democratic canada goose outlet store calgary colleagues, many of whom have senior committee posts and claim that a new panel is unnecessary.

The investigative news site Sludge subsequently reported that each of the Democrats quoted as criticizing Ocasio Cortez had received massive donations during the 2018 campaign cycle from fossil fuel industry and electric utility political action committees and employees.

To Ocasio Cortez, the negative response to the idea of simply creating a committee tasked with drafting legislation only strengthens the case for more primary challenges to veteran incumbents. iphone 7 case on sales

The resistance to the proposal “points to the role that fossil fuel industry contributions play even within the Democratic Party,” she said.

In another sign of her independence, Ocasio Cortez has not yet joined the leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus which she is joining in endorsing Pelosi’s bid for House speaker. That gives Ocasio Cortez some leverage in the bid to persuade Pelosi to establish the climate change committee.

The 29 year canada goose outlet shop old democratic canada goose outlet socialist said she is aware she may already face political punishment for her participation in the sit in at Pelosi’s office.

“If I made people mad, they could have put me on the dog walking committee or whatever. They still might. But I knew that it was worth it,” she said.

canada goose clearance sale In her remarks to the Justice Democrats, Ocasio Cortez invited activists considering running for office to take a similar leap in the faith that history would be on their side.

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