Jul 12, 2018
In an explosive tweet on Thursday, democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.)--who was defeated in a landslide in last month's Democratic primary--of backtracking on his repeated vows to support her in the general election and attempting to sabotage her campaign with a "third party challenge."
"Rep. Joe Crowley stated on live TV that he would absolutely support my candidacy," Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "Instead, he's stood me up for all three scheduled concession calls. Now, he's mounting a 3rd party challenge against me and the Democratic Party."
"So much for 'Born to Run,'" Ocasio-Cortez added, referring to Crowley's performance of the Bruce Springsteen classic after he conceded last month's primary.
\u201c.@repjoecrowley stated on live TV that he would absolutely support my candidacy.\n\nInstead, he\u2019s stood me up for all 3 scheduled concession calls.\n\nNow, he\u2019s mounting a 3rd party challenge against me and the Democratic Party- and against the will of @NYWFP.\nhttps://t.co/Xvb6Jk8N8q\u201d— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1531400643
Crowley was quick to deny Ocasio-Cortez's claim that he's running on a third party line and blamed her team for failing to follow through with attempted phone calls.
\u201cAlexandria, the race is over and Democrats need to come together. I\u2019ve made my support for you clear and the fact that I\u2019m not running. We\u2019ve scheduled phone calls and your team has not followed through. I\u2019d like to connect but I\u2019m not willing to air grievances on Twitter. https://t.co/hxEeWEpI2O\u201d— Joe Crowley (@Joe Crowley) 1531403134
As evidence for her claim that Crowley is mounting a third party bid, Ocasio-Cortez pointed to a New York Timesreport that Crowley refused to vacate the New York Working Families Party line, which he secured after receiving the party's endorsement.
As The Weekexplains, "New York has a quirky third-party system, which can allow unsuccessful major party candidates like Crowley to be the nominee for a smaller party and therefore still appear on the general election ballot."
In a series of tweets on Thursday, Crowley insisted that he's "not running" and maintained that a candidate can only be removed from the ballot under special circumstances:
\u201cLots questions about WFP line. Was honored to have their support. I\u2019m not running. For record you can only be removed from the ballot if 1) you move out of NY; 2) die; 3) be convicted of a crime; 4) accept a nomination for another office (in a place I don\u2019t live).\u201d— Joe Crowley (@Joe Crowley) 1531404003
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