Rep. Joe Crowley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Ocasio-Cortez Accuses Crowley Of Mounting 'Third-Party Challenge' Against Her

July 12, 2018 - 5:39 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may not have heard the last of U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-New York), the man she defeated in an upset in the primary.

Crowley lost to Ocasio-Cortez for the Democratic nomination in the 14th District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. But he also ran on the Working Families Party ballot line and won there. Thus, Crowley will be on the ballot in November.

Ocasio-Cortez fired off a tweet directly at Crowley Thursday, saying that he claimed he would support her candidacy, and now he is mounting a third-party run against her.

She also included the inside detail that Crowley has “stood her up for all scheduled concession calls.”

Crowley himself responded saying first that he is not running, and adding that he cannot take his name off the ballot unless he moves out of New York, dies, is convicted of a crime, or accepts the nomination for another office.

He also laid the blame for the missed phone calls on Ocasio-Cortez’s staff, and said that all Democrats need to come together.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, Ocasio-Cortez held a rally outside the Charging Bull in Bowling Green, where she endorsed Zephyr Teachout for the Democratic attorney general's office primary. Ocasio-Cortez declined to answer any questions about the quarrel with Crowley.

Overall, things amongst the Democrats are not as harmonious as they seemed after primary night, Smeltz reported.