Democratic socialist wunderkind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is worried that her former opponent, Rep. Joe Crowley, the chairman of the House Democratic caucus, isn't going to simply stand back and allow her to unseat him in November.
In a tweet sent Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez warned her followers that Crowley is mounting "a third party challenge against me and the Democratic Party - and against the will of @NYWFP".
.@repjoecrowley stated on live TV that he would absolutely support my candidacy.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 12, 2018
Instead, he’s stood me up for all 3 scheduled concession calls.
Now, he’s mounting a 3rd party challenge against me and the Democratic Party- and against the will of @NYWFP.https://t.co/Xvb6Jk8N8q
She then asked her supporters to donate so she can combat the flood of "dark money" that she (rightly) suspects might follow.
So much for “Born to Run.”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 12, 2018
If you want to see me in Congress, we need your help now more than ever. We cannot underestimate the power of dark money.
Support us now: https://t.co/piU7pXr9CU
That's the New York Working Families Party, an independent party that is influential in New York State politics, where the party has become associated with progressive issues on what was, until Ocasio-Cortez's stunning primary victory, believed to be the far left flank of the Democratic Party (that was before leftists associated with the Democratic Socialists of America started openly endorsing communism).
The issue, as is explained in the New York Times article tweeted by Ocasio, is that Crowley won the WFP primary, so his name is expected to appear under their ballot line. Crowley could choose to have his name removed from the WFP line, as is customary in the state when the WFP candidate doesn't match the Democratic candidate. Yet, Crowley has repeatedly declined to remove his name from the ballot line.
He has also, according to Ocasio-Cortez, stood her up for three planned concession calls. This could mean one of two things: Either Crowley has yet to decide whether it'd be worth it to run as an independent against the Democratic Party candidate (just like former Democratic Sen. and VP candidate Joe Lieberman did back in 2006), or he's already mounting a whisper campaign, choosing to sit back and hope that the voters in his district are repulsed enough by Ocasio-Cortez's socialist principles to vote him instead.
To anybody who was paying attention to the 2016 primary race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, this shouldn't come has a surprise. Crowley has publicly said he'd back Ocasio-Cortez after she defeated the 10-term incumbent for the Democratic nomination to run for his seat representing New York's 14th Congressional district. Crowley's spokesman has told the Times that he's not running. But there's still enough time left before election day for that to change.
Because if you thought the Democratic establishment would obey the will of its voters and embrace a 28-year-old socialist Latina over a 20-year veteran and former contender for the leadership, then you thought wrong.
And as a reminder, here is the socialist platform on which she ran.
This is the batshit crazy campaign @Ocasio2018 won with. Jobs, college, housing, green energy, medical, vision and dental all provided by the government. No mention of cost. But hey, what’s another trillion dollars for the Fed to roll off the press, right? pic.twitter.com/Vd8Jy9XO9k— Quoth the Raven (@QTRResearch) June 27, 2018