Socialist Candidate Pulls a ‘Seismic Political Upset’ Against Democratic Party Boss

The Democratic party faced an enormous shakeup Tuesday when an unlikely socialist candidate beat a powerful 10-term incumbent for one of New York’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. . .

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old member of the Democratic-Socialists of America, knocked out machine-boss incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y), who was widely considered a candidate to follow Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the leader of Democrats in the House of Representatives.

“We saw these numbers coming in, we couldn’t believe it. We checked, we reloaded, this is a seismic political upset!” said MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki in his typically breathless fashion.

“To put this in some perspective,” he explained, “Joe Crowley has been there since 1998, he was thought to be the next Democratic leader in waiting potentially a speaker of the house here, he runs the Queens county democratic party in the old sense of the word.”

Ocasio-Cortez won the 14th district in New York which includes Queens and a portion of the Bronx. Crowley spent $1.09 million on the campaign in the same time that Ocasio-Cortez spent only $127,000. (Read more from “Socialist Candidate Pulls a ‘Seismic Political Upset’ Against Democratic Party Boss” HERE)