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Ex NY Gov Paterson Says AOC Just a ‘Phantom of the Media’, After Candidates She Endorsed Lost Primaries 

By: Ilana Siyance

The much anticipated Democratic primaries are behind us, and they provided us with evidence that progressive candidates backed by the socialist squad don’t have as much backing as they hoped.

As reported by the NY Post, New York’s June 28 primaries dealt a heavy blow to left-wing candidates, dealing victories to conservative contenders.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 32, the far-left U.S. representative elected in 2018 for New York’s 14th congressional district, has been working hard to get more progressives in.  However, all the AOC-endorsed hopefuls for NYS Assembly—including Samy Nemir, Olivares Keron Alleyne, Illapa Sairitupac and Vanessa Agudelo—were all dealt with a heavy defeat, leaving established Democrats with the cake.

The most powerful positions in the primary, namely the positions of governor and Lt. gov., were also a victory for main-stream Democrats.  Gov. Hochul and her chosen running mate, Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado, easily won the Democratic ticket, proving that even Democrats aren’t keen to AOC’s agenda.  AOC had been backing [New York City Public Advocate] Jumaane Williams for governor with Ana María Archila for Lt. gov.  “If you look at the gubernatorial primary, Hochul got 66%, Jumaane Williams gets 16%, and so she beat the progressive by 50 points, and the other 18% or so went to [moderate US Rep.] Tom Suozzi,” said Former New York Gov. David Paterson on WABC radio’s “The Cats Roundtable”.

In the Sunday morning interview, Paterson told host John Catsimatidis that the primary results show that AOC is not as popular as the media makes her out to be. To answer Catsimatidis’ question about it the losses represented “the rise and fall of AOC,” Paterson replied, “I don’t know if there ever was a rise, John.”

“AOC are just three letters in the alphabet,” the 68-year-old Democrat said.  “I think AOC, who defeated a congressman who was notably absent from his district a lot, so she outworked him and she beat him, and then she became this overnight, national success,” Paterson said, referring to longtime ex-US Rep. Joe Crowley, who AOC famously toppled to win the Queens and Bronx House seat. “But really, there’s no evidence that it had any coattails, not in this 2022 primary, but not even in the 2020 elections,” Paterson added. “I think she is really a phantom of the media, the media projects her.”

Paterson didn’t seem to say that AOC’s day had set, he rather said it was just an illusion that she ever had much influence.  He argued that even her well-known position, opposing Amazon building a new headquarters in Long Island City, wasn’t what made the company change its plans.  “She was given credit for stopping Amazon from coming into New York. It had nothing to do with her,” said Paterson, who had also formerly served as a state senator. “It had to do with the legislators being angry that Governor [Andrew] Cuomo had never told them that he was negotiating with them, and took all the credit for himself.”

Representatives for Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.


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