Top Democrat Crowley loses in shocker
Rep. Joe Crowley was unseated Tuesday night by primary challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in his New York City district, an astonishing fall for the powerful chairman of the House Democratic Caucus just as talk was building in Washington that he was a potential future speaker of the House.
Crowley became the highest-profile Democrat to lose a primary this year, and the highest-ranking House member to lose an intra-party fight since Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in 2014. Crowley, the longtime Democratic Party boss in Queens, had not faced a primary challenger in over a decade. But Ocasio-Cortez's activist campaign overran Crowley's old-guard support and cast more uncertainty on the future of Democrats' leadership in the House.
Old white-guy "party boss" defeated by a young latina woman and socialist.