The self-branded “Democratic Socialist” tapped into anti-Trump and anti-establishment sentiment to connect with new voters and roll to a 4,000-vote victory.
But following her win, Ocasio-Cortez and Crowley got into a back-and-forth on Twitter about Crowley's support from the Working Families Party (WFP).
Crowley was endorsed by the group, and as such his name will be on WFP line on the ballot in November, which angered Ocasio-Cortez.
In fact, after her victory, WFP leaders decided they really wanted to support Ocasio-Cortez, so they appealed to Crowley to relinquish their line. Unfortunately for them, the only way that could happen is if Crowley moved out of New York, dies or is convicted of a crime.
None of those seems likely to happen, although there is one other loophole they could exploit. Crowley could accept a nomination for some lowly office in a place where he doesn't live, such as a county clerkship.
But Crowley is not interested in going along with the WFP plan.
“I don’t plan on moving out of New York, have a clean record, hope God’s will is that I don’t die, and won’t commit what I honestly believe to be election fraud,” he wrote in another Twitter post.
So, at least for now, Crowley is still on the November ballot as the candidate for the Working Families Party, and a councilman from the Bronx is urging Demcorats to still cast their vote for Crowley.
“You should also know that for the upcoming general elections on November 6, Congressman Joe Crowley will appear on the ballot,” wrote Councilman Ruben Diaz in an email to constituents. “Even though he is not campaigning, his name will appear as a candidate on the Working Families Party line. You should know that the voters of the 14thCongressional District still have a choice to make.”
Diaz argues that New York City lost a seasoned legislator with a lot of influence in Washington when Crowley was defeated. He notes that Crowley was widely believed to be a leading candidate to take over for Nancy Pelosi as the next speaker of the House of Representatives.
Combined with the influence that Senator Chuck Schumer has in the other legislative body, Diaz said New York was poised to have two powerful voices in Washington.
“Given the legislative power that I see New York has lost is cause for concern,” wrote Diaz. “My dream to see two New Yorkers like Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Joe Crowley become the two most powerful legislators in the nation has evaporated.”
While Diaz had only praise for Ocasio-Cortez and what she has accomplished, he said there was no way she could be as effective as Crowley.
“No rookie can accomplish what these two seasoned, experienced legislators can accomplish,” added Diaz. “To get things accomplished in Congress, it takes more than charisma and skills. It takes much experience along with the position of seniority.”
Crowley has vowed that he won't actively campaign as the WFP candidate for the November election, but with one councilman already working on his behalf, it will be interesting to see if other legislators, many of whom were elected with the support of the Democratic Party that Crowley heads, will work on his behalf appealing to voters to still support Crowley in the general election.