"I think there is a real hunger for change on the ground level", Ms. Katz said. "I can not believe these numbers right now, but I do know that every single person here has worked their butt off to change the future of the Bronx and Queens".
It might seem unbelievable that after Bernie Sanders' enormous success in the 2016 democratic primaries running on a grassroots campaign that condemned Wall Street's influence and called for social justice that Democrats can still be caught off guard by progressives unseating their heavyweights.
The friend who introduced them, Mina Vahedi (Wheelock'11, '14), says she mentioned Ocasio-Cortez's campaign to her political junkie cousin last summer, who replied, "She has no chance at all". Nancy Pelosi as House Minority leader. "They still don't think you'll vote", Patel said in a campaign video posted to Twitter, with the "they" being an anonymous cadre of establishment politicians.
She grew up in the Bronx.. The district straddles the Bronx and Queens.
Blanca, a 55-year-old secretary for a school in Florida, spent a few days campaigning with her daughter. "That's what I did my first year". She's Puerto Rican American.
Alexandria is a member of the largest socialist organization in the country. I mean, he's an out of touch Democrat that permanently resides in Virginia. This is someone who not only was one of the most powerful Democrats in the House, he does not listen or represent that actual district.
"It gets the themes right, it's shot beautifully", said David Birdshell, of Baruch College.
To underscore that position, she even traveled to the U.S. -Mexico border region days before the election to protest the separation of immigrant families. In her early 20s, she started a book publishing company to paint her hometown in a different light and she promoted education and literacy in the borough. "So motivated and always very passionate about everything she spoke about".More news: Wimbledon 2018: Can never underestimate Serena Williams, says defending champ Garbine Muguruza
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had been a volunteer in Bernie Sander's presidential campaign.
It was after watching Republican President Donald Trump's election, she decided it was time her New York City district was represented by a young progressive woman of colour. "I knew that it was long odds, and I knew that it was uphill, but I always knew it was possible".
There are still 341 women in the running in the House of Representatives - a record high, according to the latest data from the Center for Women and American Politics.
She joined protesters at the Standing Rock demonstration against a natural gas pipeline.
She ran on a progressive platform.. "We need somebody fierce like that - a woman", Bronx voter Marcy White said.
During her appearance on MSNBC, she responded to a question by anchor Willie Geist about how the USA would pay for her progressive agenda-which includes Medicare for All, a universal jobs guarantee, and tuition-free university and trade school education for all Americans-by firmly reminding him that the federal government spent hundreds of billions of dollars just a few months ago when it passed the Republican Party's tax law.
"ICE is a mess", she told Remezcla.
Recently, roughly 200 Democratic lawmakers were before a federal judge this month, arguing the hotel and Trump Tower in NY serve as emoluments violations.