In a stunning defeat, New York Rep. Joe Crowley, the fourth-most powerful Democrat in the House of Representatives, lost a Tuesday primary to Democratic Socialist of America-backed challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Her victory marks a dramatic end to to a feisty primary campaign that drew national attention thanks to Ocasio-Cortez’s boldly progressive platform. She campaigned on abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and on Medicare for All.
It would be facile to draw too close a comparison between this Queens/Bronx primary and our own 7th, between incumbent Capuano and challenger Pressley: Different candidates, different district — ya gotta know the territory. But I’m very confident that government child abuse by ICE provided extra motivation for some voters. Pressley has called for defunding ICE; we’ll see if Capuano follows suit.
Beacon Hill legislative leaders may also want to take note, with regard to the Safe Communities Act. As I saw at the State House last week, this thing could be explosive, politically.
(Medicare for All sounds good too, by the way.)