The contest was who would lead the Democratic delegation to the 2020 Democratic Convention….
The powerful Democrat Governor of New York’s vs the iconic first term Progressive Democratic Queens , New York House member….
It wasn’t even close….
Gov. Andrew Cuomo easily defeated Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tuesday in a surprise challenge to determine who will head New York’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention.
Democratic Party chairman Jay Jacobs — a Cuomo ally — fumed that he was “blindsided” when a motion was made to nominate AOC to head the delegation during an online Democratic Committee meeting.
Still, Cuomo received 218 votes compared to the 34 votes gleaned by the first-term congresswoman, who represents portions of Queens and The Bronx, Jacobs said
“It was a bad performance. AOC got 13 percent of the vote. She did vote for herself,” Jacobs said following the meeting.
Jacobs said he was disappointed because he wanted party unity before heading into the convention, which takes place in Milwaukee Aug. 17-20, though the coronavirus pandemic has scaled back in-person events.
“It surprised me. I was blindsided by it. It was bad faith,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs said it appeared that “rogue operators” were behind the AOC nomination and that he didn’t think the congresswoman herself instigated the challenge.
As governor, Cuomo is considered the de-facto head of the state Democratic Party….
Former President Barack Obama on Monday endorsed six New Yorkers running for House seats, but he did not endorse freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Obama’s “first wave” of 2020 endorsements follow the Democratic primaries, meaning they won’t influence who makes the November ballot. But the popular former president still carries sway with donors and voters.
Obama released the list of candidates he supports on Twitter. It’s possible he will add additional New Yorkers closer to the election.
Ocasio-Cortez, a self-declared socialist known by her initials, AOC, has been a powerful figure in Democratic races this year and has helped steer the party to the left on issues like health care and education….