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Ocasio-Cortez copycats target veteran New York Dems


Added 07-20-19 12:31:01am EST - “The New York Times reports that three long-serving New York Democratic House members are facing primary challenges from left-wing Democrats. The challengers hope to replicate the success of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated party…” - Powerlineblog.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Powerlineblog.com: “Ocasio-Cortez copycats target veteran New York Dems”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The New York Times reports that three long-serving New York Democratic House members are facing primary challenges from left-wing Democrats. The challengers hope to replicate the success of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated party stalwart Joseph Crowley in a primary during the last cycle.

The three targeted Dems are Jerrold Nadler, Eliot Engel, and Carolyn Maloney. Each has been in Congress for roughly 30 years. Nadler heads the Judiciary Committee; Engel, the Foreign Affairs Committee.

One of Mr. Nadler’s three challengers raised more than $250,000 last quarter. One of Mr. Engel’s was endorsed by Justice Democrats, the progressive group that recruited Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.

But Ocasio-Cortez won through ambush. Her opponent, Joe Crowley, didn’t take her seriously (and one can understand why). It’s unlikely that Nadler, Engel, and Maloney will make a similar mistake after seeing what happened to Crowley. But one never knows for sure.

The only New York congressional Dem who seems to be in serious trouble is Rep. Yvette Clarke. Her challenger is Adem Bunkeddeko, who nearly defeated her in 2018.

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