Democrats had far more heavy losses in a deep blue state than they were expecting.
And Ocasio-Cortez is trying to escape the blame.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threw a fit against Democrats for this massive loss.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted New York State Democratic Party leadership on Wednesday because the state moved towards Republicans.
“NYS Dem party leadership… stuffed with lobbyists, works to boost GOP, and failed to pass a basic state ballot measure to protect NY redistricting, must be accountable,” the congresswoman tweeted. “I called for Jay Jacob’s resignation a year ago and I still hold that position.”
Jay Jacobs is the chair of the New York State Democratic Committee.
Ocasio-Cortez also tweeted a link to an article which mentioned that Jacobs didn’t endorse the Democratic candidate in the Buffalo mayoral election.
Democratic Mayor Byron Brown won his fifth term in office as a write-in candidate after losing the primary to India Walton, a political activist and nurse.
Jacobs pointed out that there hadn’t been a Republican on the ballot and that they didn’t have to endorse every Democrat who wins the primary.
“Let’s take a scenario, very different, where David Duke, you remember him, the grand wizard of the KKK, he moves to New York, he becomes a Democrat, he runs for mayor in the city of Rochester, which is a low primary turnout and he wins the Democratic line. I have to endorse David Duke? I don’t think so,” Jacobs said. “Now, of course, India Walton is not in the same category, but it just leads you to that question, is it a must? It’s not a must. It’s something you choose to do. That’s why it’s an endorsement. Otherwise, they call it something else, like a requirement.”
Jacobs was blasted on social media for the hypothetical situation he used to try and prove a point.
The backlash was so bad that Jacobs apologized in a statement, saying, “Using an extreme example of David Duke winning a primary, to make a logical point, even with stating twice the specific qualification that India Walton, was in a different category, was wrong. I should have used a different example, and for that, I apologize.”
On Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about the David Duke scandal, saying, “After leading the party to a catastrophic ballot measure loss that would’ve saved Dem House seats, the party chair (Jacobs) compared a Black woman Dem nominee to the KKK. He was protected. Last night’s underperformance is a consequence of that decision.
“Last night’s NY underperformance is a testament to years of prioritizing calcified machine politics and favoring over performance, strategy, & organizing. To win from here, Jacobs must go and we must recenter the party to better value community leadership and small-d democracy,” she added.
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