Democrats face tea party-style internal battle as progressives push for change

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But Huffman said she and Crowley, the fourth-ranking House Democrat, were not far apart on the issues.

Here's why everyone is talking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: On Tuesday, she defeated incumbent Joseph Crowley in the NY congressional primary election.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi responded to Rep. Joe Crowley's loss, telling reporters Wednesday that every district is different and that she carries the qualities her party values in order to lead the Democrats in the chamber.

In one of the most brilliant stunts of political manipulation pulled off by those whose goal it is to replace the Constitution with sharia law, Islamists have managed to join that group (and it seems not to matter to progressives how violent or bigoted they are). "We've got people, they've got money", Ocasio-Cortez said in biographical web ad that followed her through mundane NY life, dressing for work, walking, changing into high heels on the subway platform.

On her wish list are lots of things unlikely to pass a Congress held by either Republicans or centrist Democrats. Since it was his first primary challenge since 2004, some analysts likened this election to a boxing match of a fighter who had not entered the ring for a very long time. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy scoffed when asked the same question, boarding the subway train connecting the Capitol to the Russell Senate Office Building.

He also cast aside the possibility of any potential adjustments to his campaign strategy.

"Women like me aren't supposed to run for office", Ocasio-Cortez says in a campaign video that went viral. "What a truly special night!"

Since college, she has worked as an educational director for the National Hispanic Institute, which said it was "proud" of her win and the way she ran.

"Well", she said, "you know the president is from Queens, and with all due respect, half of my district is from Queens".

Born in the Bronx to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father who died in 2008, Ocasio-Cortez said she made a decision to challenge Crowley to push a more progressive stance on economic and other issues.

The surprise victory by the community organizer in a district that includes parts of the Bronx and Queens came after an energetic, grassroots campaign that mustered more than enough support in a low-turnout race that many had expected to be an easy win for Crowley, a member of the Democratic House leadership. "Are you going to be nicer to the president?" She added that "working-class Americans want a clear champion and there is nothing radical about moral clarity in 2018".

"I don't take a dime from corporations because I know it's the only way we get it done", she wrote later in the caption. Pelosi kept her job, but the party-wide shakeup was already underway thanks to Bernie Sanders.

"Our Caucus has been strengthened by his chairmanship, and by Chairman Crowley's relentless determination to defend the inclusive America symbolised by the Statue of Liberty", Pelosi said.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez posted on Twitter after Ms Gillibrand's endorsement that the NY senator "didn't even bother to talk to nor consider me before endorsing". "A year ago she was a bartender riding the train", he says.