The unexpected home defeat of veteran New York Rep. Joe Crowley by a young progressive woman on Tuesday raises a democratic mystery: a political party, and a growing proportion of their Millennial and Colored voices get a leadership team from the Congress dominated by white seniors.
The angry victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old daughter of parents of Puerto Rican origin who ran to the left of the 56-year-old. The term Democratic Powerbroker became part of her call for a generational change in the district and her own party.
House Democratic Leader
(D., Calif.) At a news conference on Wednesday, warned against drawing large conclusions about its future from a low-constituency constituency in a highly democratic district. Asked if the results indicated a demand for more young, progressive women in leadership, she replied, "I'm female, I'm progressive." What's your problem? Two out of three are not bad. "
, Pelosi, one of the Democratic Party's three leading Democratic leaders over the age of 70, has become a Republican political goal and has been pressured in some areas to leave the government or make room for fresh blood. When she was re-elected in 201
Democratic leaders have taken some steps to give younger members a bigger voice: After the 2016 elections, Ms. Pelosi has created a new executive post for a junior member and three relatively younger Democrats have been selected to take on the task, the Communications arm to guide the leadership.
Mr. Crowley's defeat could give troubled members a new opportunity for their ambitions: his House Democratic Caucus Chair, a leadership stepping-stone for many party leaders to be won.
But some dissatisfaction does not believe that a change of the No. 4 space will be enough, and still hope for more far-reaching changes. "I do not think that solves the problem," said
Rep. Seth Moulton
(D., Mass.) "I think it's time for a whole new generation of leadership."
Rep. Ro Khanna (D., California) said he believes that Ms. Pelosi would continue as a leader after the split time, but that some members would like to be reassured that there would soon be a transition to a new generation of leaders.
The Generation The division among the Democrats has ideological and racist connotations: the millennial generation as a group is more ethnically diverse and more liberal than its elders. Mrs Ocasio-Cortez's campaign was a vivid example of how to reach and mobilize this type of electorate – not through the network work of the old Democratic Party school but through grassroots organizations and social media.
The Crowley is unlikely to be defeated There is a big wave of defeats that lie in the first election season, more than half. Progressive candidates have lost more competitive primaries than they won when they competed against more centrist candidates backed by the Democratic Congressional election campaign committee.
A race to watch in Massachusetts on September 4 However, longtime MP Mike Capuano faces a tough primary challenge from the left by Ayanna Pressley, an African American member of the Boston City Council, whose campaign is being mailed by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez Victory Twitter message was touted. "There are more of us," she tweeted.
Steve Israel, former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Election Committee, warned that the current political environment for upset moods is ripe and sends a clear message to the incumbents of both parties.
Faced with an electorate "in different phases of volatility, fatigue, anger and insecurity," he said in a column in the Hill, "if you're in a primary, you're looking for the first foaming of the distant wave."
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Published in the print edition of June 28, 2018 as "Election Upset Declarations Demplats Not."