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NY Democrat Civil War Continues as AOC Supports Lefty Archila Over Hochul No. 2

NY Democrat Civil War Continues

NY Democrat Civil War Continues

Democrats in New York continue to wrestle with the question of who will be their next leader, with socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lending her support to leftist candidate Ana Maria Archila, who is vying to replace Governor Kathy Hochul as the party’s number two.

This comes as Mayor Eric Adams and the progressive federal lawmaker are engaged in proxy skirmishes for control of Albany less than a week before the election. Archila said in a morning press release that she is “incredibly honored” that Ocasio-Cortez gave her a thumbs up. She called Ocasio-Cortez “a bold champion who fights every day to put the needs of working families before the wants of billionaires.”

“Her election showed New Yorkers’ hunger for leaders who will reject the expectation that our communities should just wait for what we need, and forcefully demand that our needs come first,” the statement continued.

The candidate for New York’s lieutenant governorship said that AOC “models every day the type of leadership that I plan to bring to the lieutenant governor’s office: that we must stand up with working people to demand affordable housing, fair wages, access to health care, and a livable planet, and that we must be willing to stand up to the billionaires and the powerful who get in the way.”

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is supporting Ana Maria Archila, a candidate for lieutenant governor on the left, at the last minute.

According to Sources, which first reported the support, Ocasio-Cortez is slated to attend a campaign rally for Archila on Monday, one day before the June 28 primary.

In her bid to become New York’s first Latina statewide elected official, Archila will square off against Antonio Delgado, the lieutenant governor Hochul appointed after the retirement of her federally indicted predecessor, Brian Benjamin, in early May.

Diana Reyna, a former councilwoman, is also a primary candidate, running with Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Nassau). Before Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez walks with her State of the Union guest Ana Maria Archila.

NY Democrat Civil War Continues as AOC Supports Lefty Archila Over Hochul No. 2

Delgado, who was sworn in on May 25, has a tougher challenge than his fellow Democrat gubernatorial rivals Rep. Tom Suozzi and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams because of his new status.

Due to Delgado’s candidacy against two Latina candidates, who claim he lacks ties to New York’s greater Latino community, he has faced criticism for identifying as Afro-Latino. Archila’s criticism of his lack of participation in a Spanish-language candidate forum slated for Wednesday night has grown.

“His refusal to participate is yet another illustration of establishment Democrats in New York taking Latino voters for granted,” she said in a statement. AOC’s endorsement of Archila comes on the heels of her backing a number of state legislative candidates who are competing against more moderate Democratic challengers.

Inez Dickens, a Harlem Assemblywoman and one of the first black lawmakers to demand for reforms to the criminal justice system, recently received the endorsement of a retired NYPD captain. A housing activist, Delsenia Glover, is running against Ocasio-Cortez for Congress.

In the 82nd Assembly District race, Adams has shown his support for veteran Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, while AOC has endorsed her former employee, Jonathan Soto. Ana Maria Archila said that Alexandria Ocasio-thumbs-up Cortez’s makes her feel “incredibly honored.” As Suozzi’s number two candidate, Reyna slammed AOC’s sponsorship of Archila as a waste of time.

“The choice in this race is between a socialist, someone who doesn’t understand NYC, and my common sense vision to make New York safer and more affordable. While one of my opponents panders to the AOC crowd and the other one hides from his opposition, I’m focused on what Democrats actually care about – crime, taxes, and affordability,“ Reyna said. Stay tuned with us only on Lee Daily

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