In an upset victory Max Rose beat out Dan Donovan for Congress for the the Staten Island/Brooklyn seat in Washington.
I was quite surprised by this win. Yet under Dan Donovan’s DA rule the cop who killed Eric Garner in a choke hold was acquitted.
The district that covers Staten Island/Brooklyn (Bay Ridge Brooklyn) has been Republican for decades.
Max Rose’s victory is a stunner to me. I hadn’t expected he would win.
Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez won her Congress bid elsewhere in New York City.
In the U.S. we have elected 2 Muslim American women to Congress as well.
We have elected a Native American woman too.
From the New York Times:
“Women shattered records and precedents. One-third of the female nominees for the House were women of color, the highest ever. A record number of women faced off against other women, from Arizona to New York. Ms. Pressley in Massachusetts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York were among women who defeated long-serving white male incumbents in party primaries and won tonight.”
In the same New York Times article:
“Despite being more than half the population and the voters, women were still less than a third of all candidates for Congress, the governors’ offices and other statewide executive seats.”
We have a way to go. Yet we can be proud of these gains.
One day I’m confident we will elect a woman president.
Ladies, start your engines.