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Two Longtime NYC Congressmen Have Young Socialist Challengers Hoping To Mimic AOC

Daily Caller [1]
May 1, 2019

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset victory over Joe Crowley in 2018 is inspiring other primary challengers with similar pedigrees: New York City millennials advocating for democratic socialist policies.

Shaniyat Chowdhury, a 27-year-old Marine veteran, said [2] Tuesday he will officially announce his campaign to oust Democratic New York Rep. Gregory Meeks within the coming days. Isiah James, a 32-year-old Army veteran, filed in January to run against Democratic New York Rep. Yvette Clarke, reported Bklyner [3].

Both are Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) members, according to City & State, and Chowdhury’s Twitter profile even features a red rose next to his name, a symbol of the DSA. City & State New York [6] profiled Chowdhury on Tuesday as he launches his bid to unseat Meeks, who also supports cornerstone progressive policies.

“We don’t have to wait our turns,” Chowdhury said. “[New York’s 5th Congressional District] has the opportunity to be one of the most progressive seats in the country, but currently it’s being wasted on a corporatist that hasn’t represented our interests in a very, very long time.”

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