¡Ella Puede! And She Did: What Boricuas Are Saying About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Win

Jun 27, 2018
1:55 PM

Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)

Yesterday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s hard work grassroots campaign paid off after she won a seat in Congress. Beating Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary race is the first major upset for the Democratic Party of the year. Though Crowley had been running unopposed for 14 years and ran on a Wall-Street backed campaign that raised over $3 million, the 28-year-old Latina is re-writing the progressive script for the NY 14 district and is unapologetic about it.

“If Democrats want to turn out the sleeping giant that is the Latino electorate they need advocacy from candidates like me. I don’t just mean because I’m Latina but because I’m not being tokenized to advance causes that are not in the best interest of Latinos,” Ocasio-Cortez told Latino Rebels in April.

Winning particularly as a Puerto Rican woman today is monumental–making her success even more urgent. With a lack of representation in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez stands as a pillar of hope for Puerto Ricans, especially those from the Bronx, to lean on. Her win is a huge step towards finally giving Boricuas all over the country more representation in Congress, while the island itself still doesn’t have proper representation.

Ocasio-Cortez has already been outspoken for Puerto Rico. In September, days after Hurricane María, she called for the Repeal of the Jones Act, and an undoing of PROMESA.

The Bronx native is running on a democratic socialist platform and has plans to fix issues concerning the expansion of Medicare, development of housing, and the rectification of gun control and immigration. She also wants to push for protection against ICE in the areas that she will now represent.

She told Latino Rebels that, “This district is absolutely one of those districts that represents the broader progressive movement, which is why I support a federal jobs guarantee, defunding ICE, and leading the charge on medicare for all.”

Puerto Ricans across the state and those watching her from afar are especially proud of Ocasio-Cortez’s win and what it could mean for them.

Check out what Boricuas and other Latinos are saying on Twitter.



Shayla Colon is an intern at the Futuro Media Group and currently attends Quinnipiac University. In one year from now, she will have her bachelor’s in Journalism and English with a minor in International Business, accompanied by her MBA in Interactive Media.