Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Democratic Activist Ousts Incumbent Massachusetts Congressman in Primary

Democratic Activist Ousts Incumbent Massachusetts Congressman in Primary

The Boston city councilwoman just beat 10-term incumbent progressive Congressman Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary in MA, securing the Democratic nomination for Congress for Massachusetts's 7th district.

Capuano is only the second Democrat to lose a primary this midterm season, the first was New York Rep. Joe Crowley, who lost to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Pressley will also be the first person of color to ever represent the state in Congress. Pressley was endorsed by NY congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives. Pressley, though, was already a well-known figure in MA politics, and the race was seen as close and competitive for months.

"This wasn't a battle between a conservative and a liberal, they were both progressives in very good standing", said Peter Ubertaccio, a professor of political science at Stonehill College outside Boston.

This insurgent unseated a rather staunch progressive in Capuano.

Pressley will become the first black member of the House from MA, as there are no Republicans running in this district in the general election.

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"This is not just about resisting and affronting Trump", Pressley said, per the Times.

Barely two-in-ten of us bothered to vote in Tuesday's party primaries, so I hope the rest of you are content with the choices we made. "These times require and this district deserves bold, activist leadership".

One of their most significant differences was over the tactics of former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Unlike Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley did not argue that Capuano was too moderate.

An African-American Boston city councilwoman ousted a 10-term congressman on Tuesday in a historic upset in the Democratic primary for a MA congressional seat.

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In a tweet Tuesday night, Ocasio-Cortez congratulated Pressley on her landslide victory and declared, "Let's push together to make Medicare for All, tuition free college, and living wages a reality in America-all without corporate PAC money".

Her campaign slogan - "Change Can't Wait" - connected the Democratic optimism of the early Barack Obama years to the urgency of Donald Trump's presidency. Her father, Martin Pressley spent much of her childhood in jail.

Pressley, 44, is a Chicago native, former community organizer, and former political aide who worked for Democrats such as Senator John Kerry.

- Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) September 5, 2018 Listen to me.

Ayanna Pressley just pulled off another stunner. "It runs the gamut". "I do not think it is an agency that can be reformed from the inside-out", Pressley said of ICE.

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