Jul 7, 2018

A look at the unique campaign that got Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a victory

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To do what seemed to be the impossible and clench a victory over one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did things a little differently.

The big picture: Ocasio-Cortez didn't have the strong support of the Democratic party. Per the AP, she "built her team from the ranks of burgeoning progressive and social causes, ... worked house parties and political rallies to recruit people," and more.

The details of Ocasio-Cortez's campaign, per the AP: Her campaign manager is Virginia Ramos Rios, who came with "a background in insurance marketing and energy healing."

  • The neighborhood campaign captain was Naureen Akhter, "co-founder of a progressive Muslim group and part-time food blogger."
  • Her campaign posters were made by friend and former restaurant co-worker Jesse Korman, who told her to "express her passion and confidence" through the photos even after a long day of campaigning.
  • Volunteers were out in the community, talking to voters on the street and organizing phone-a-thons and fundraisers. They worked from an office "that shared a building with a tattoo parlor and a palm reading shop."
"Respect the hustle. We won bc we out-worked the competition. Period."
— Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter

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Acting Navy head apologizes for calling fired captain "stupid"

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Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly apologized Monday for calling Capt. Brett Crozier, the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, "too naive or too stupid" over his letter pleading for help following a coronavirus outbreak onboard.

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Former Vatican treasurer George Pell's sexual abuse convictions overturned

Cardinal George Pell at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia, in 2019. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

George Pell, the former Vatican treasurer, has won his appeal and had his child sexual abuse convictions overturned by Australia's High Court.

Why it matters: The cardinal became last year the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to go to trial and be convicted for sex abuse. But the High Court's ruling means he can be immediately released from prison, where he was serving a six-year sentence.

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