Ayanna Pressley scored a major upset primary win in Massachusetts Tuesday night against 10-term Representative Michael Capuano. Yes, ten-term! He was quite a lefty himself but apparently, the voters wanted a more extreme lefty.
Pressley propelled her candidacy with urgency, arguing that in the age of Trump, “change can’t wait.”
It appears she, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, will be heading to Washington in January. There is no Republican on the November ballot in her Boston-based district, which was once represented by John F. Kennedy.
Pressley backs Medicare-for-all.
Ocasio-Cortez is crowing:
This photo was taken months ago.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) September 5, 2018
.@AyannaPressley + I bonded over running while constantly told it’s “not our turn,” that we “weren’t ready,” “good enough,” or “experienced” enough.
We kept going anyway.
In June, I won my primary. Tonight, she won hers.
Here’s to November.🚀 pic.twitter.com/4Xf8AnTMUQ
From Boston WGBH:
Pressley said throughout the campaign that she respected Capuano’s progressive voting record — he was even backed by the Congressional Black Caucus political action committee and other progressive organizations — but said it was time for a new generation to lead a more uncompromising progressive movement in Congress.-RW