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Ocasio-Cortez accuses defeated Dem of mounting third-party challenge

The Hill 7/12/2018 Morgan Gstalter
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the winner of a Democratic Congressional primary in New York, talks to the media, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in New York. © AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the winner of a Democratic Congressional primary in New York, talks to the media, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in New York.

New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) accused her challenger, Rep. Joe Crowley (D), of refusing to concede and mounting a third party challenge against her.

"@repjoecrowley stated on live TV that he would absolutely support my candidacy," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Thursday. "Instead, he's stood me up for all 3 scheduled concession calls."

Ocasio-Cortez was responding to a New York Times article from Wednesday stating that Crowley is still on the November ballot as a Working Families Party (WFP) candidate.

The Times reported that WFP state director Bill Lipton said Crowley refused to vacate the line he won in New York's 14th Congressional District.

"You'd think that given the moment we're in that Democratic leaders would want to help progressive forces to unite," Lipton told the Times.

Crowley denied Ocasio-Cortez's claim on Twitter, saying he has no plans to run with the WFP.

"Was honored to have their support. I'm not running," Crowley wrote.

"For record you can only be removed from the ballot if 1) you move out of NY; 2) die; 3) be convicted of a crime; 4) accept a nomination for another office (in a place I don't live)," he added.

Crowley also took a shot at Ocasio-Cortez and said he was not willing "to air grievances on Twitter."

"Alexandria, the race is over and Democrats need to come together," Crowley tweeted. "I've made my support for you clear and the fact that I'm not running. We've scheduled phone calls and your team has not followed through. I'd like to connect but I'm not willing to air grievances on Twitter."

A Crowley campaign aide told The Hill that Ocasio-Cortez's claim about him standing up concession calls was a lie.

Numerous phone calls have been set up but Ocasio-Cortez's aides have failed to follow through with providing a phone number, the aide said.

The Hill has reached out to Ocasio-Cortez's campaign office for comment.

Crowley's aide also pointed out that Crowley conceded on election night after Ocasio-Cortez's stunning victory over the 10-time incumbent.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill

He even took the stage during his election night watch party to dedicate a rendition of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" to Ocasio-Cortez.

He also congratulated her victory on election night and pledged to support her and other Democrats in their race to take back the House majority in November.

Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist, uprooted the No. 4 House Democrat in the primary race last month.


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