Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accuses Joe Crowley of mounting third-party bid

Rep. Joe Crowley lost his primary battle, but apparently could still defend his seat in New York, where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has accused the incumbent of mounting a third-party candidacy weeks after she won the Democratic nomination.

Mr. Crowley has an opening after winning the endorsement of the Working Families Party — giving him a spot on the ballot in the November election.

The New York Times reported this week that the state director of the Working Families Party called on Mr. Crowley to pull his name from the ballot, but his campaign declined.

“@repjoecrowley stated on live TV that he would absolutely support my candidacy,” Ms. Ocasio Cortez tweeted. “Instead, he’s stood me up for all 3 scheduled concession calls. Now, he’s mounting a 3rd party challenge against me and the Democratic Party- and against the will of @NYWFP.”

The possibility of Mr. Crowley getting another shot at defending his seat underscores the power of third parties in New York.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez easily defeated Mr. Crowley in the primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District last month, shocking the Democratic establishment and making her a star overnight in the eyes of liberal activists who want to push the party further to the left.

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