All politics is local, and Balter’s congressional primary win proved that. She had the backing of every county Democratic chair in the 24th Congressional District, as well as grassroots progressive support. Apparently not content with Balter’s candidacy, Juanita Perez Williams entered the race with the backing of the national Democratic Party. Well, voters did not take kindly to the interference, overwhelmingly voting for Balter while leaving poor Perez Williams with her second consecutive election loss after failing to win her bid to be mayor of Syracuse.
Who's up and who's down this week?
Who's up and who's down this week?
Boss Crowley’s cadre are eating crow this week after being steamrolled by rising superstar Ocasio-Cortez, while a certain felonious Staten Islander showed shocking restraint in the face of defeat. Congressional primaries are always going to crown winners and create losers, but this week gave that an exciting, fresh medley of meaning whether you’ve got socialist sympathies or cringe at contraceptive campaign swag. For the 9 in 10 of you who didn’t vote, it’s your time to vote for this week’s Winners & Losers!
Antonio Delgado is fired up to #FireFaso after he beat out six Democratic primary opponents in the race to replace Rep. John Faso, one of the most vulnerable House incumbents in New York. Delgado's already got the money and the backing of at least four of his primary opponents, who desperately want Faso out. But the Republican isn't going down without a fight, tweeting shortly after the primary results that "our neighbors do not look kindly upon candidates who have just moved into our district and presume to represent us.”
As the blindsided Ocasio Cortez struggled to comprehend her own victory in what has become a now legendary gif, few looked happier than Cynthia Nixon, who was present at the celebration in a velvet party regalia. The analogy of Nixon’s campaign to Ocasio-Cortez’s is clear: They’re both progressive challengers to the Democratic establishment. When the news that AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento endorsed Gov. Cuomo hit Twitter, Laura Hitt, Nixon’s chief spokeman tweeted: “They also endorsed Crowley.”
She was born to run – even Rep. Joseph Crowley had to admit it. Ocasio-Cortez pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent political history, both locally and nationally, by defeating Crowley, the 20-year incumbent in New York’s 14th Congressional District, by double digits. It went against all odds and conventional wisdom, and even she was shocked. Ocasio-Cortez was taking on the powerful Queens Democratic machine, which Crowley runs, as well the Democratic Party establishment, but neither stopped her. Now, she’s enjoying the national spotlight as she prepares for her likely win in November to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
The president proved again that the tweet is mightier than the sword. His endorsement of Rep. Dan Donovan paid off, as the congressman crushed Michael Grimm in the Republican primary on Staten Island. What’s more, Trump’s travel ban was upheld, he’s going to get to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, and he’ll soon be Putin’ in quality time with Russia. He even had a role in Rep. Joe Crowley losing in his primary – Crowley just wasn’t nice and respectful enough to the president to win.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision wasn’t a surprise to anyone. But that doesn’t make the blow any easier for Cilento, the president of the state AFL-CIO, who risks losing a substantial chunk of union membership and funding as a result of the ruling. Though Cilento took to YouTube within a day of the decision to announce that the labor movement will overcome, it was hard not to read panic in his doe-eyed face.
One minute, he was eagerly eyeing the House speakership. The next minute, he was on his way out of Congress. The fall of the No. 4 Democrat in the House of Representatives is a stunning one, as the once-powerful Crowley was knocked out by a first-time candidate who had less money, had to fight to get on the ballot, and isn’t even 30 years old. Simply put, Crowly is the biggest electoral loser in the state – if not the country – in a long, long time.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who had the Grimmest primary of them all? Mikey, of course. And his sad, sad election night party probably didn’t cheer him up. The former felon who couldn’t was hoping for a Trumpian upset, but instead got whooped by incumbent Congressman Dan. You might say Rep. Dan Donovan, who got Trump’s nomination, broke Grimm in half “like a boy,” by garnering twice as many votes. Let’s just hope Grimm doesn’t throw himself off a balcony before he can re-apply for his revoked law license in 2019.
Despite his perfect hair, converted bar/campaign headquarters and tech-savvy campaign, Patel lost his upstart primary challenge to Rep. Carolyn Maloney. Not only that, but the other attention-grabbing progressive insurgents challenging entrenched incumbents – Adem Bunkeddeko and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – had a far better showing on election night. Should he turn to Tinder for consolation? He already has a presence there. Too bad voters already swiped left on his campaign.
Round two. Fight? Filibuster-less Chuck Schumer is looking helpless as Senate Republicans promise a fall vote on Trump's looming U.S. Supreme Court nomination. And it's looking scarier for Dems than round one, because this nominee would replace swing-voter Anthony Kennedy and potentially jeopardize big issues for the left like abortion and LGBT rights. Schumer could only criticize Mitch McConnell for pushing a vote during an election year when McConnell blocked a 2016 vote on Obama's nominee for that very reason.