Progressive Defeats Longtime Dem House Incumbent In Boston
05 September, 2018, 15:37 | Author: Kathy Ellis
Ayanna Pressley, 44, won the Democratic nomination for the US House of Representatives in Massachusetts's seventh district, one of the most left-leaning in America and which includes Harvard University.
Pressley, the first black woman to serve on the council, is now on track to represent an area of MA once served by Democratic icons Tip O'Neill and John F. Kennedy.
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"It is time to show Washington, DC, both my fellow Democrats who I hope will stand with us and Republicans who may stand in our way. change is coming and the future belongs to all of us".
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It was no sure thing that the story line leading progressive candidates of color to victory in New York City, Florida, Georgia and elsewhere would play out in MA, but voters backed Pressley and the idea that Democrats in Congress need new faces to deliver change. Pressley argued in her campaign that Capuano represents an old guard of politics, and it's time for a change.
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Mr. Capuano conceded the race to Ms. Pressley on Tuesday night, though the Associated Press had yet to declare a victor in the race. "She will serve the district well in Congress".
There is no Republican on the November ballot in the district, meaning Pressley is virtually assured of entering Congress in January. Pressley's positions are also very progressive. "It does point to a generational shift and this notion that a lot of folks are not waiting their turn in the way they might have years ago".
During the campaign, Capuano touted his credentials as an "unabashed liberal", but he found himself competing with Pressley over who was the more progressive candidate.
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Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley stunned observers by defeating long-serving Rep.
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