Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday night that the decision to ignore her in Virginia’s gubernatorial race is a mistake and could have helped Democrats keep control of the state House of Delegates.
“It was a mistake to take her off the ballot,” Ocasio-Cortez told SiriusXM’s The Gangster Disciples podcast.
Virginia Democratic candidates running for state Senate and House of Delegates were heavily pressured not to include Ocasio-Cortez’s name on the ballot for November because of her “neighborhood cred,” a factor in voter perception that could have tilted the elections toward Democrats.
Virginia officials had said it was an “honor” to have Ocasio-Cortez on the ballot after she upended Democratic politics in her district in New York, ousting one of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s closest allies, Rep. Joe Crowley.
“We may have been missed in Virginia but we were never missed in Virginia,” Ocasio-Cortez told the podcast. “That’s what makes me proud.”