Incumbent Could've Buried Ocasio-Cortez With Dirt. He Sat On It Instead.
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Crowley, widely considered Nancy Pelosi's successor, believed he had the Democratic primary locked up and didn't want to look weak by resorting to mudslinging.
The Daily Caller's David Krayden reports:
“Crowley had plenty of fodder he could’ve used against Ocasio-Cortez, but his top New York campaign operatives decided to take the punches and not hit back,” Politico reporters Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer write in their new book, “The Hill to Die On.”
“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 reelection,” the pair wrote.
Crowley allegedly knew that Ocasio-Cortez was vulnerable on campaign financing laws and how she was raising money for her political ambition. A source told the two reporters that Crowley was way ahead of the news cycle and could have leveled some potentially damaging allegations against the former waitress-turned environmental activist politician.
A conservative nonprofit filed a Federal Election Commission complaint last month alleging Ocasio-Cortez's team evaded campaign finance laws by funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars from political action committees into a limiting liability company.
Ocasio-Cortez denies any wrongdoing.