‘It wasn’t just that Crowley didn’t want to go dirty; he thought it would be a sign of weakness…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Joe Crowley, the New York Democratic incumbent unseated by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez in 2018, reportedly had dirt but refrained from using it because he believed it would hurt his public image.
In their new book, “The Hill to Die On,” Politico reporters Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer detailed the events behind Ocasio–Cortez’s shocking win.
They said Crowley’s advisers underestimated the threat the Democratic socialist posed.
“Crowley had plenty of fodder he could’ve used against Ocasio–Cortez,” they wrote, “but his top New York campaign operatives decided to take the punches and not hit back.”
Crowley was a 10-year incumbent and believed it would be an easy re-election, according to Sherman and Palmer.
Ocasio–Cortez was busted earlier this year for dodging campaign finance laws by using two political action committees to transfer hundreds of thousands of dollars into a limited-liability company.
Crowley’s aides reportedly knew about Ocasio–Cortez’s malfeasance during the election, according to the New York Post.
Ocasio–Cortez has continued to deny any wrongdoing.
Several conservative groups have filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission over her campaign’s transparency, but Ocasio–Cortez called the allegations “bogus.”
“This is how the misinformation machine works, folks,” she wrote on Twitter.
Her lawyer, David Mitrani, said any implications that Ocasio–Cortez’s campaign “in any way operated with less than full transparency or in some way to skirt the law, are absolutely and unequivocally false.”
Crowley didn’t take the dirt public in part because he feared it would stain his reputation, according to Sherman and Palmer.
“It wasn’t just that Crowley didn’t want to go dirty; he thought it would be a sign of weakness in D.C. if he was seen in a tight race against Ocasio-Cortez. He was supposed to be the next Democratic leader, not someone who had to fight for re-election,” they wrote.