Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday night tweeted a selfie of both women together and wrote, “In June, I won my primary”.
The moment when @AyannaPressley learned she won.
As a board member of Operation LIPSTICK – Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing – Pressley railed against the exploitation of women as gun mules in “straw purchase” situations and youth gun violence in a 2014 opinion piece for the Boston Globe.
“Clearly, the district wanted a lot of change”, he told supporters. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), she later supported it. Capuano also backed Sanders’ quixotic health care scheme, which would cost approximately $32.6 trillion, according to Mercatus scholar Charles Blahous. I don’t blame them. Capuano – along with the entire MA congressional delegation – supports the “Blue Lives Matter” bill, making assaulting a police officer a federal crime. Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley, sending her media attention in the final leg of her campaign.
Massachusetts’ 7th District, the only majority-minority district in the liberal state, once sent President John F. Kennedy to Congress and was viewed prior to Tuesday’s contest as the kind of area that was ripe for a shakeup.
Neither Gonzales nor his primary opponent Democrat Robert Massie, a longtime political and environmental activist, was well-known outside of party activist circles. “And a reliable vote is not good enough”.
“I’m sorry it didn’t work out, but this is life, and this is O.K. America’s going to be O.K. Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman, and I will tell you that MA will be well served”, Capuano said, according to The New York Times.
“We won, we won”, Pressley says, as she is hugged by numerous people around her.
The ascendancy of a new generation of Democrats has the potential of recasting the party’s profile much the way the election of 49 Democrats to formerly Republican seats did in the so-called “Watergate baby” midterm elections of 1974, just after impeachment hearings led to the resignation of Richard Nixon.
However, unlike Crowley, Capuano had fiercely contested the MA race by racking up endorsements, attending debates and highlighting his consistently liberal voting record in one of the most Democratic districts in a traditionally Democratic state.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sailed through the primary unopposed.
It’s not a sight you see every day, certainly not around Boston – a black woman mounting a plausible challenge to a 10-term white congressman from her own party, a politician with vast connections who votes the progressive line and opposes everything Trump.
With no Republican on the ballot in November’s midterm election, Pressley is now nearly certain to become the state’s first black congresswoman. Neal, the dean of the state’s House delegation, first was elected in 1989.
Ayanna Pressley’s historic victory over a 10-term incumbent in the 7th Congressional District primary Tuesday night could vault her as the next national champion of the progressive movement, experts say.
Capuano is the fourth House member to lose a primary this year, along with Reps. Ocasio-Cortez worked the late Sen.