DNC Chair Tom Perez: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'the Future of Our Party'

DNC Chair Tom Perez: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'the Future of Our Party'

DNC Chair Tom Perez: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'the Future of Our Party'

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez instantly became a national celebrity after she upset 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in last week's primary.

Her victory-and that of Ben Jealous for the Democratic nomination for governor of Maryland, as well as down-ballot candidates like Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato this past spring-also put the lie to the mainstream media's charge that the insurgency begun by Sanders was "flailing", unable to translate his popularity into victories in the primaries.

Speaking on Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez said while she believes her success can be mirrored in other districts, there is room in the party for candidates less left-wing than herself.

According to her website, Ocasio-Cortez was "born in the Bronx to two working-class parents" and attended public school in Yorktown before going on to study Economics and International Relations at Boston University.

Ocasio-Cortez has given plenty of interviews in which she's discussed her family's decision to move to Yorktown when she was five years old, and the insight it gave her into what a difference a zip code makes, as she saw firsthand the lack of opportunities offered to her cousins in her old neighborhood, simply because of where they were born. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential campaign, have won primaries for federal-level legislative seats, and the group has propelled dozens of candidates to victories at the state level this year.

"You know, the president is from Queens", Ocasio-Cortez, 28, said.

"I'm an educator, I'm an organizer", she continued.

Attempts to reach Ocasio-Cortez were unsuccessful. "Her ability to take complex information and explain it to all different levels of people was fantastic".

Ocasio-Cortez's brother's description differs from photos of the houses tweeted by Cardillo: "I owned & sold that home. With all due respect, half of my district is in Queens", she said. Responding to a critic on Twitter who insinuated that Yorktown Heights is nicer than the Bronx, Ocasio-Cortez said: "It is nice". My mom scrubbed toilets so I could live here & I grew up seeing how the zip code one is born in determines much of their opportunity.

"Thank you, @glennbeck. We may disagree, but I sincerely appreciate the good faith", she tweeted.

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