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The new guard also includes Torres, 32, a City Council member, and Jones, 33, an attorney — who will make history as they replace retiring incumbents Jose Serrano and Nita Lowey, both in office for more than 30 years.

“The Bronx’s struggles have been my struggles. Whether it’s growing up in public housing, clawing to make ends meet, or as someone who struggles with depression, this borough is my only priority in Congress,” said Torres, who is of Afro-Puerto Rican descent and will also be the first openly gay Latino member of Congress.

While not fully aligned with the left flank of the local party, Torres defeated Republican Patrick Delices on Tuesday after besting a field of a dozen Democrats — including City Council Member Rubén Díaz Sr., who has a long history of anti-gay rhetoric and on Tuesday revealed he voted for Donald Trump. Torres also took out a candidate to his left, Samelys Lopez, who was backed by Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic Socialists of America.

Like Torres, who was raised at a Bronx NYCHA development, Jones has discussed growing up poor as the child of a single mother.

“No one ever pulled me aside in the Democratic party or in office and said you’re going to be the next member of Congress,” he said at a post-election press conference. “No one offered to mentor me.”

Ocasio-Cortez, for her part, cruised to reelection despite a challenge from Republican John Cummings that drew millions in contributions from around the country.

On the state level, a slate of newly-elected Assembly members on the left, many of them community organizers and tenant activists, are hoping to ramp up pressure on their fellow Democrats who have long dominated the chamber.

“It’s absolutely going to shake things up in a serious way,” said Zohran Mamdani, a socialist housing counselor who defeated Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas in Astoria, Queens.

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A top priority for the expanded insurgent faction will be raising taxes on the rich — something many Democrats have been pushing for in the face of a massive revenue shortfall driven by the coronavirus pandemic, but which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has resisted.

“We made it clear that we were unabashed socialists,” Mamdani told POLITICO. “We were voted in for an explicitly socialist agenda.”

Jessica González-Rojas won a Jackson Heights Assembly seat after defeating Assemblyman Michael DenDekker in the primary — becoming the first person of color to represent a district that is 60 percent Latino and 88 percent nonwhite.

“We tend to be younger, people of color, much more progressive,” she said of this year’s victors. “It reflects a rejection of the status quo, machine-style politics that has reigned in Queens for eternity.”

Phara Souffrant Forrest, a practicing nurse and tenant activist, faced more of a general election fight than most because the incumbent she defeated, Walter Mosley, opted to campaign on the Working Families Party line — despite being disavowed by the WFP after his primary loss. But Forrest won by a three-to-one margin in the Crown Heights district.

Emily Gallagher scored perhaps the biggest primary upset, defeating incumbent Joe Lentol in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. She’ll take over an Assembly seat Lentol’s family has held for three generations.

The new class will also include Marcela Mitaynes, who defeated Assemblyman Felix Ortiz in Sunset Park, and Jenifer Rajkumar, who beat Assemblyman Michael Miller in Queens.

Anna Gronewold contributed to this report.


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Trump super PAC to hold first fundraiser at Bedminster

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A pro-Donald Trump super PAC is holding its first fundraising event on May 22 at the former president’s Bedminster golf club, according to two people familiar with the planning.

The event will benefit Make America Great Again Action, a super PAC spearheaded by former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Trump is expected to attend the event, which will include reception and a dinner. The minimum price for entry is $250,000.

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Trump tapped Lewandowki earlier this year to oversee the super PAC as part of his post-White House political operation. It’s the second big money group Trump has formed. Shortly after the election, he launched Save America PAC, a leadership PAC that has raised tens of millions of dollars.


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Pierre ‘Pete’ du Pont IV dies; ran for president in 1988

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“I was born with a well-known name and genuine opportunity. I hope I have lived up to both,” du Pont said in announcing his longshot presidential bid in September 1986.

As a presidential candidate, du Pont attracted attention for staking out controversial positions on what he hoped would reverberate with voters as “damn right” issues. They included random drug testing for high school students, school vouchers, replacing welfare with work, ending farm subsidies, and allowing workers to invest in individual retirement accounts as an alternative to Social Security.

Some of those ideas have since become more mainstream.

He won the endorsement of New Hampshire’s largest newspaper but failed to gain traction among voters. He ended his campaign after finishing next-to-last in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.

Afterward, du Pont remained engaged in politics. He frequently wrote opinion pieces for publications such as the Wall Street Journal and co-founded the online public policy journal IntellectualCapital.com. He also served as chairman of Hudson Institute, the National Review Institute and the National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonpartisan public policy research organization.

Pierre du Pont IV was born Jan. 22, 1935, in Delaware. After attending Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, he graduated from Princeton University in 1956 with an engineering degree. Following a four-year stint in the Navy, he obtained a law degree from Harvard University in 1963.

He joined the Du Pont Company, where he held several positions, resigning as a quality control supervisor in 1968 to begin his political career.

After running unopposed for a state House seat in 1968, he immediately set his sights on Congress, running as a fiscal conservative and winning the first of three terms in 1970.

Elected governor in 1976, du Pont fought successfully to restore financial integrity to a state he had declared “bankrupt” shortly after his inauguration. He presided over two income tax cuts; constitutional amendments restricting state spending and requiring three-fifths votes in the legislature to raise taxes; and establishment of an independent revenue forecasting panel.

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After a rocky start with Democratic legislators, including an embarrassing override of a 1977 budget veto, du Pont forged successful relationships with lawmakers from both parties to tackle thorny issues including prison overcrowding and corruption and school desegregation. He was re-elected in a landslide in 1980, winning a record 71 percent of the vote and becoming the first two-term governor in Delaware in 20 years.

In his second term, du Pont signed landmark legislation that loosened Delaware’s banking laws, including removing the cap on interest rates that banks could charge customers. The Financial Center Development Act made Delaware a haven for some of the country’s largest credit card issuers.

Under du Pont’s leadership, Delaware also established a nonprofit employment counseling and job placement program for Delaware high school seniors not bound for college. It served as the model for a national program adopted by several other states.

Prohibited by law from seeking a third term, du Pont briefly withdrew to the private sector, joining a Wilmington law firm in 1985. A year and a half later, he announced his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, becoming the first declared candidate in the 1988 campaign.

During an appearance at the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington, where du Pont announced he was abandoning his presidential campaign, he praised an electoral process that gave a shot at the White House to a former small-state governor with unorthodox ideas.

“You’ve given me the opportunity of a lifetime. You listened, you considered and you chose. I could not have asked for any more,” du Pont said. “For in America, we do not promise that everyone wins, only that everyone gets a chance to try.”

Du Pont is survived by his wife of over 60 years, the former Elise R. Wood; a daughter and three sons; and 10 grandchildren.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date, Perkins said.


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Larry Hogan decries ‘circular firing squad’ within GOP

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Sunday the Republican Party experienced its “worst four years we’ve had, ever” under President Donald Trump, noting the party’s losses in both chambers of Congress and the White House.

“We’ve got to get back to winning elections again. And we have to be able to have a Republican Party that appeals to a broader group of people,” said Hogan, a Republican, on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” “Successful politics is about addition and multiplication, not subtraction and division.”

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Hogan’s comments comes as Republicans deliberate on the future of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) in the party’s House leadership, particularly over her repeated criticisms of Trump, which many Republicans view as breaking ranks and distracting from the party’s opposition to President Joe Biden. House Republicans are expected to strip Cheney of her role as conference chair and replace her with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.).


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