In less than a week’s time, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez–the candidate who shocked many with her victory in last week’s New York Democratic primary–has become a hopeful representation of the potential future for the Democratic Party.
This comes after Ocasio-Cortez herself explained during a Sunday appearance on Meet The Press that she believes her district and her situation might not be all too unique.
Alexandria explained, “I think that 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….And 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.”
Ocasio-Cortez defeated the incumbent, Rep. Joe Crowley ,in the primary to represent New York’s 14th district–an urban congressional district in New York City that includes part of the Bronx and Queens. Crowley has represented the area since 1999, but this is a district which is heavily Democratic, so it’s likely the new Democratic darling will win the general election and become one of the new faces on Capitol Hill come 2019.
When asked about Crowley and his role throughout the years, Ocasio-Cortez praised him, saying he had done “phenomenal service” for the district, but also that he had lacked a presence in the community. She continued, “There was, I think, a lack of listening on the ground, a lack of going to the grocery store and saying, ‘Hey, how are you doing?’ And that is an important part of representation, because we have a lot of work that we have to do here in D.C.”