De Blasio cheers Ocasio-Cortez even though he endorsed her opponent
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday cheered Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning victory — even though he endorsed her opponent, Rep. Joe Crowley.
During his weekly appearance on WNYC radio, the mayor said Ocasio-Cortez’s Tuesday triumph showed the Democratic Party the way to future success is taking “bold, clear progressive positions” and going “to the grassroots to organize.”
“It’s exactly the model Democrats need going forward,” the mayor said. “… This reality is happening all over the country.”
De Blasio also praised Crowley, saying the longtime Queens-based congressman “did a lot of good.”
But he refused to say whether Crowley should step down from his post as Queens Democratic leader.
“He has to make [the decision] himself,” he said.
When asked why he backed Crowley over Ocasio-Cortez, de Blasio said, “I saw him defend New York City’s interest very efficiently, and that is important to me and my job. I believe fundamentally that had he continued to rise up in the leadership in the House it would have been important for New York City.”
“I have a lot of respect for Joe Crowley, and I did think he did a lot of good,” added de Blasio. “But now that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be our nominee, I am going to do everything I can to work with her, and I think she will be a very important leader going forward.”
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