Ocasio-Cortez pushes for a leftist revolt in the Democratic Party

New York Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backs calls from fellow progressives to mount primary campaigns against moderate Democrats whose politics they believe are to the right of their constituents’.

“Long story short, I need you to run for office,” Ocasio-Cortez said on a video conference call hosted by the leftist Justice Democrats, as the group launched a campaign dubbed #OurTime, Politico reported.

Justice Democrats backed Ocasio-Cortez’s primary campaign against incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, the powerful Queens Democratic Party boss whose loss sent shock waves through the party’s centrist wing.

While it is unusual for a freshman lawmaker-in-waiting to openly challenge her party’s incumbents, Ocasio-Cortez’s call to action was reminiscent of Tea Party challenges to centrist Republicans, when GOP stalwarts like ex-Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia faced primary challenges from the right.

In Cantor’s case, he was defeated by Tea Party favorite Dave Bratt, and quit politics.

Former House Speaker John Boehner was also essentially hounded from office by conservative firebrands, leading to lasting rifts in the party between moderates and the hard-right Freedom Caucus.

Democrats fear internal struggles between moderates and progressives like the 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez could hamper the party in fights with President Trump and the GOP-controlled Senate.

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