One terrible secret from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s past could doom her to defeat
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shot to political stardom when she won an upset Democrat primary for Congress.
But one secret from her past could have changed everything.
And now this skeleton in her closet is about to explode into public view.
Ocasio-Cortez defeated ten-term incumbent Joe Crowley in a shocking primary upset last summer.
Crowley – who many thought would one day replace Nancy Pelosi as the Democrats’ leader in the House – was caught flat-footed.
But he could have won the race.
Crowley sat in a goldmine of political dirt on Ocasio-Cortez but refused to pummel her with it because he thought it would raise her profile and make him look desperate.
The New York Post reports:
“Crowley had plenty of fodder he could’ve used against Ocasio-Cortez, but his top New York campaign operatives decided to take the punches and not hit back,” Politico reporters Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer write in their new book, “The Hill to Die On.”
“It wasn’t just that Crowley didn’t want to go dirty; he thought it would be a sign of weakness in D.C. if he was seen in a tight race against Ocasio-Cortez. He was supposed to be the next Democratic leader, not someone who had to fight for reelection,” the two write.
One piece of dirt Crowley decided against using was questionable financing practices of Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign — which a source said Crowley aides knew about before they became public this year.
Crowley’s mistake allowed Ocasio-Cortez to win the election and galvanized a movement of anti-American socialists who think now is their moment.
And they want Ocasio-Cortez to run for higher office.
But if she does, her future opponents will not be so foolish as to sit on career-killing scandals.