Defeated Rep. Crowley tries easing tensions with Ocasio-Cortez, won’t endorse Pelosi

Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., tried to ease the tensions between himself and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the rebel Democrat who defeated the 10-term congressman in final month’s major, after she bashed the incumbent final week for not getting his identify off the poll within the normal election.

“I do not wish to take something away from her win,” Crowley stated Sunday on CBS Information’ “Face The Nation.” “I didn’t do as I preached. I did not remind of us of my accomplishments. I simply took that without any consideration I feel.”

Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter on Thursday accusing Crowley of purposely staying within the race, after it was revealed that his identify would stay on the poll because the candidate of the lesser-known Working Households Get together in November.

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“He is stood me up for all three scheduled concession calls,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Now, he is mounting a third get together problem towards me and the Democratic Get together.”

Crowley, who responded to Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter by saying he was “not working” and supported her candidacy, stated on Sunday that it was time to place the first combat behind them and concentrate on the upcoming midterm elections in November.

“I feel we have to focus now on profitable in November,” he stated.

Crowley, who earlier this 12 months was seen as a attainable successor for Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as Home Democratic chief, praised the California lawmaker on Sunday, however declined to endorse her.

“Properly, look, you understand, I do assume that that’ll be as much as the brand new Congress to resolve who the following chief or speaker … will likely be,” Crowley stated.

“If we win the Home again, Nancy could have a really sturdy case for holding on to the speakership,” he added. “If not, there could also be different points that come to the fore at that time. But it surely’s as much as the following Congress, Democratic Caucus to resolve that destiny.”

“I feel there was a scarcity of listening on the bottom, a scarcity of going to the grocery retailer and saying, ‘Hey, how are you doing?’” Ocasio-Cortez stated final Sunday on NBC Information’ “Meet the Press.” She pointed to a Democratic Get together prone to turning into out of contact with its communities. “The messaging is not as clear to the communities that we are attempting to symbolize — are we preventing or not?”

Ocasio-Cortez, who stated being a Democratic socialist is “part of what I’m, it is not all of what I’m” — declined to say whether or not she would assist Pelosi as Home chief, calling any choice now “untimely.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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