Congressional race comes down to common sense
by EDITORIAL BOARD
Oct 31, 2018 | 1744 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CONGRESSMAN JOSEPH CROWLEY
CONGRESSMAN JOSEPH CROWLEY
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shocked the Queens political scene when she defeated longtime Congressman Joe Crowley in last summer's Democratic Primary.

Crowley has kept his word not to campaign against the Democratic victor in the general election. However, we feel Ocasio-Cortez dodging basic overtures to give voters a chance to find out more about her agenda.

Before the primary, this newspaper covered the Ocasio-Cortez campaign extensively, as she deserved a chance to let our readers know about her. She touted her socialist agenda and other ideas.

We didn't endorse in the race, instead letting our readers to decide if she would be an appropriate representative for the district, which includes Astoria, Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, College Point and Woodside. Almost half of the district is in the Bronx.

Last week, Ocasio-Cortez blew off a debate run by a Queens-based Latino news organization to appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” This after continually criticizing Crowley for skipping debates during the primary.

A few weeks ago, Ocasio-Cortez claimed she was the first official to speak with transgender groups in Jackson Heights. That's simply not true.

We have reached out unsuccessfully to her campaign to meet with her before the election. It seems Ocasio-Cortez has crowned herself the congresswoman already.

But where does she stand on the issues that matter to Queens residents?

Housing might be, as Ocasio-Cortez calls it, “a human right,” we’re just not sure how she proposes to build and pay for all of it.

If everyone deserves health care, we would like to see a plan that we can implement here in the United States.

Ocasio-Cortez has said she supports giving a job to everyone. Earning a decent wage is certainly a goal, and we know that there are many employers who take advantage of workers. It’s certainly a solid point that people should be paid fairly for work, but putting a mandate on guaranteed jobs might not be the answer.

But even if Ocasio-Cortez had a solid way forward for her proposals, getting them accomplished in Washington is another matter entirely. Not only does Crowley bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in federal government to the table, he also has considerable influence and respect among his colleagues.

That last fact can't be overstated. Given the divisive nature of Ocasio-Cortez, her chance of working with the GOP is slim to none, but we're not even sure moderate Democrats in purple districts are going to want to be associated with her agenda.

Joseph Crowley vowed not to campaign after his primary defeat, even though he remains on the ballot. He has kept his word, but we still urge you to vote for the Woodside native.

Ocasio-Cortez's almost instant focus on becoming a figure in the national spotlight just won’t do for the informed residents of Queens, who need a politician who can work for them on the issues that affect them most.
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