The Impossible Election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

By Susan Kang as seen in Verso

DSA member and campaign volunteer Susan Kang explains how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat the Queens Machine.

I first met Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in August 2017, at a picnic for the Queens branch of the New York City DSA. It was a hot, muggy day. I was with my children, and Alexandria came to meet with us without pushing any kind of agenda. She was stylish and charming, and everyone was extremely impressed. Her political vision spoke to the values and political goals of DSA. But for a (then) 27-year-old unknown to run for Congress in our district, NY-14, seemed like impossibility.

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