A crop of young Democratic candidates are hoping to repeat New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ stunning defeat of a centrist candidate just weeks ago; lurching left in a bid to upset the party establishment.
According to the Seattle Times, 30-year-old Sarah Smith is looking to takedown incumbent Rep. Adam Smith in Washington state, adding “Sarah Smith was recruited to run by the same national organizations that endorsed Ocasio-Cortez, and she embraces the comparison.”
“You have generations of voters that are disenfranchised, that don’t feel heard,” Smith said in a recent interview. “And finally we have candidates like myself and like Alex that aren’t taking corporate money, we’re not cuddling up to Wall Street, we’re not cozying up to the 1 percent.”
Cortez herself made national headline earlier this month when she stumbled through a host of issues including Israel and the true cost of her rapidly expanding welfare programs.
Former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Lieberman slammed the Cortez campaign last week, urging New York voters to support longtime Rep. Joe Crowley.
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DNC CIVIL WAR: Lieberman Urges Party to ABANDON CORTEZ, Says She’ll ‘HURT AMERICA’
Former Democratic Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Joe Lieberman lashed-out at socialist challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in an op-ed published this week, saying her candidacy will “hurt Congress and hurt America.”
Lieberman penned his piece for the Wall Street Journal, titled “Vote Joe Crowley, for Working Families: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hurts the party, Congress and even America” in which he urged New York Democrats to support Joe Crowley; who was defeated in the primary process by Cortez just weeks ago.
“Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise primary victory over Rep. Joe Crowley seems likely to hurt Congress, America and the Democratic Party. It doesn’t have to,” writes Lieberman.
“Because the policies Ms. Ocasio-Cortez advocates are so far from the mainstream, her election in November would make it harder for Congress to stop fighting and start fixing problems. Thanks to a small percentage of primary votes, all of the people of New York’s 14th Congressional District stand to lose a very effective representative in Washington,” he adds.
Ocasio-Cortez fired back at her critics this week, saying “People who seek substantive change are almost always told some version of: ‘you’re crazy.’”
People who seek substantive change are almost always told some version of:
– “you’re crazy”
– “you don’t know anything”
– “you’re too [old/young/quiet/loud/whatever]”
To detractors, you will never be good enough. To friends, you are always enough.
So just do your thing! 💪🏽💜
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 18, 2018
IT BEGINS: Cortez Says 'ULTRA WEALTHY' Will Pay for Universal Healthcare, Free Education
Liberal superstar and NY Democratic Socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found herself in more trouble this week, bizarrely suggesting the “ultra wealthy” and large corporations will pay for universal healthcare and free education across the United States.
Cortez was speaking with the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah when she was asked to explain “how do you plan to pay for all of these ideas?”
“The Daily Show” host @Trevornoah asked Socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) how she plans to pay for her agenda.
It really is hard to watch. pic.twitter.com/OGiPAArlce
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 27, 2018
“How do you pay for these? You always see people coming in with economic arguments, saying these numbers don’t really add-up… How do you pay for all of these ideas?” asked Noah.
“This is an excellent, excellent question,” said Cortez. “I sat down with a Nobel Prize economist last week […] But one of the things that we saw is, if people pay their fair share, if corporations and the ultra-wealthy — for example, as Warren Buffett likes to say, if he pays as much as his secretary paid, 15 percent tax rate, if corporations paid, if we reverse the tax bill, raised our corporate tax rate to 28 percent … if we do those two things and also close some of those loopholes, that’s $2 trillion right there.”