The ramifications of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezs stunning primary defeat of longtime Queens Democratic boss and Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY) extend well beyond the confines of Capitol Hill.
The 28-year-old member of Democratic Socialists of Americawho shockingly won in New Yorks 14th congressional district on a leftist platform of Medicare for All, abolishing ICE, and a federal jobs guaranteeinspired a major boost in membership for the organization on Wednesday.
According to Lawrence Dreyfuss, a program associate for DSA, the organization saw a surge of 1,152 new memberships on Wednesdayabout 35 times more sign-ups than on an average day.
The last major membership bump DSA experienced was in the month following President Trumps election, during which time they had about six times more sign-ups than in the previous month.
DSA has undergone a renaissance of sorts in the Trump era, ballooning in size from some 5,000 members in November 2016 to 40,000 nationwide.
The left-wing groups growth has been attributed in part to broader resistance to the new administration and wider acceptability of the democratic socialist label championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
The people of NY-14 demanded more from its representative than empty promises and deep pockets, Christian Bowe of DSAs National Political Committee said after Ocasios win. Were proud of this victory, and we know this is only one of many more to come.
DSA members themselves had begun winning elections, primarily on the state level, prior to Ocasio-Cortez. Among those whove achieved political success in the past year are Lee Carter, elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2017, and Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato, who both defeated long-term incumbent Democrats in Pennsylvania.