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Baird writes: "Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) has not conceded to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the young socialist challenger who beat him in last month's primary, Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday."

Representative Joe Crowley. (photo: Getty)
Representative Joe Crowley. (photo: Getty)

Joe Crowley Reportedly Hasn't Conceded to Ocasio-Cortez

By Addy Baird, ThinkProgress

12 July 18

"[He] stated on live TV that he would absolutely support my candidacy," the young congressional candidate tweeted this week.

ep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) has not conceded to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the young socialist challenger who beat him in last month’s primary, Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday.

“[He] stated on live TV that he would absolutely support my candidacy,” she tweeted Thursday morning. “Instead, he’s stood me up for all 3 scheduled concession calls.”

Crowley pushed back against Ocasio-Cortez Thursday.

“We’ve scheduled phone calls and your team has not followed through,” he tweeted.

Crowley did not comment on why, as The New York Times reported Thursday, he has refused to vacate the Working Families Party line, meaning he’ll remain on the ballot in November as a third party candidate.

Crowley won the Working Families Party nomination, a minor but powerful third party in the state, but after he lost the Democratic nomination to Ocasio-Cortez, the state director of Working Families Party, Bill Lipton, reportedly reached out to Crowley and asked the congressman to vacate the line. Crowley declined.

“You’d think that given the moment we’re in that Democratic leaders would want to help progressive forces to unite,” Lipton told the Times.

Why Crowley refuses to vacate the line is unclear, as his campaign told the Times, “Joe Crowley is a Democrat. He’s made clear he is not running for Congress and supports the Democratic nominee in NY-14.”

To Crowley’s credit, as the Times noted, convoluted election laws make vacating the line a complicated process. Legally, the Working Families Party would have to nominate him for another electoral position on the ballot, likely a low-level position elsewhere in the state where Republicans have power, so he’s essentially sure to lose.

According to Lipton, the Working Families Party would like to do just that, but Crowley reportedly won’t let them.

Other Democrats who previously supported Crowley have been quick to jump on the Ocasio-Cortez train. Days after Ocasio-Cortez’s victory, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said she was “someone who absolutely comes from [his] wing of the party,” and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez called her the “future of our party.”

While NY-14 is a safely Democratic district — Anthony Pappas, the Republican nominee in NY-14, hasn’t even set up a website yet — having two Democrats could spoil a race the party might otherwise have in the bag.

That precarious situation has already manifested elsewhere, in the Montgomery County executive race in Maryland.

Democrat Nancy Floreen launched an independent bid for the seat Wednesday, The Washington Post reported, after a candidate backed by the Democratic Socialists in the area, Marc Elrich, won the Democratic primary. Floreen called Elrich and the Republican nominee Robin Ficker both “flawed extremes” in a statement.

Democrats have held the Montgomery County executive job since 1974, but Floreen’s bid could split the Democratic vote, handing the job to Ficker.

UPDATE, 2:00 P.M.: In email to ThinkProgress Thursday afternoon, Working Families Party Communications Director Rob Duffey said the party was disappointed Crowley has refused to vacate the ballot line.

“He chose not to show Ocasio-Cortez and the WFP respect by allowing us to put Ocasio-Cortez on our ballot line. WFP is giving all we have to electing Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive insurgents all across the nation,” Duffey wrote. “The only remaining way for Crowley to do the right thing is to switch his residency to Virginia, where his family resides and his children already go to school. It would fix the problem he created in an instant.” your social media marketing partner


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+7 # EternalTruth 2018-07-13 00:45
This is the problem with the Dems. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest to learn that Crowley has been asked by Dem leadership to do exactly what he is doing. They know the base wants progressive change, so they’re careful to pretend in public, but behind closed doors is another story. Whatever the reasons, it’s clear that Joe Crowley is a piece of shit who doesn’t give a damn about the people or the principles which the party pretends to stand for.
+3 # Benign Observer 2018-07-13 14:51
Dylan Rattigan: Imagine how bad people have to view the level of corruption in the Democratic Party to think of Donald Trump as a remotely preferable alternative. Donald Trump is terrible. The Republicans are offensive beyond comprehension. But the solution is not the Democrats. The solution is a final terminal bypass of these two utterly corrupt political parties. (Refer to Wasserman's 57 ways.)

So, after all the talk about unity the party has revealed they choose candidates before any of us vote, they won't get rid of superdelegates, and Joe Crowley is willing to split the Democratic vote in NY-14 so a progressive won't win! Will he give them opposition research too, like they did in TX?

Corruption isn't new. We don't have to act scandalized at the thought a few thousand people collude to steal from the wealthiest country in the world. It's to be expected. It's the SCALE of it! The utter greed, to give tax cuts to billionaires one day, take it from poor kids the next. To drop bombs all over the world, but tell us we can't educate American children. To tell us we have to vote for any Democrat, while they cheat, lie and steal in every way possible.

We're faced with an existential threat from the GOP - but we can't fight them because the Democrats are so utterly and totally corrupt.

I don't know what it's going to take to convince RSN-ers, but many of us have had the epiphany: the Democrats are paid to lose.

So what do we do?
+1 # futhark 2018-07-13 19:56
I don't know what the procedure in New York is for winning an election, but in California the candidate who gets the most votes is declared the winner by county and/or state officials. No concession on the part of competing candidates is really necessary.
+2 # librarian1984 2018-07-14 11:03
I think the important issue is that he's not taking his name off the ballot, which might draw votes from AOC.

It sounds like the mechanics are arcane but there's a fairly easy workaround -- which Crowley has shown no signof implementing, meaning the Dems are willing to be the 'third party'!

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