Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez often boasts about her “power” and she is the leader of the Democratic Party.
But the New York socialist lawmaker just suffered a massive defeat in a primary election.
Public defender Tiffany Cabán, who was backed by AOC, originally thought she had won the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney.
However, she was forced to concede defeat to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz after a judicial review of disputed ballots didn’t alter Katz’s lead.
Cabán initially led by more than 1,000 votes.
A manual recount was triggered and resulted in Katz taking a small lead over the AOC-candidate.
The New York City Board of Elections declared Katz the official winner with 34,920 votes compared to Cabán’s 34,860.
Cabán took the case to court over ballots her campaign said had been improperly excluded, but a judge’s review didn’t significantly impact the final decision.
Katz issued a statement after the race officially ended and she had been declared the winner.
“I want to thank Tiffany Cabán for bringing closure to this long and hard-fought race,” Katz said.
“From the beginning of this race, I have been committed to bringing fundamental change to the district attorney’s office,” Katz added. “With the horrors of this past weekend still in my mind, I believe we need to focus on reducing gun violence and put an end to the proliferation of hate crimes.”
To be clear: Ocasio-Cortez was all-in for Cabán.
AOC spoke highly of Cabán, tweeted support for her candidacy, and even asked her followers to support her campaign.
Justice Democrats, the far-left group connected to Ocasio-Cortez who helped propel her into Congress last fall, even played a big role in fundraising for Cabán.
And when the dust settled, Ocasio-Cortez was humiliated after going all-in to help Cabán.
This has already been a tough month for Ocasio-Cortez.
Late last week, AOC’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti and her communications director, Corbin Trent, both resigned to “pursue other opportunities.”
Now, just a few days later, the FBI is investigating alleged campaign finance misconduct by Ocasio-Cortez campaign and Chakrabarti.
The probe focuses on two political action committees started by Chakrabarti.
In recent months, AOC and Chakrabarti have found themselves in legal trouble for violating ethics rules.
On top of that, Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti “could be facing jail time” if their control over Justice Democrats, a far-left PAC, was intentionally hidden.
Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti “obtained majority control of Justice Democrats PAC in December 2017, according to archived copies of the group’s website, and the two appear to retain their control of the group.”
Former FEC commissioner Brad Smith said earlier this year that if “a complaint were filed, I would think it would trigger a serious investigation,” adding that both Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti “could be facing jail time.”
With all of this considered, it’s not surprising that Chakrabarti abruptly resigned.
And with the federal government investigating very serious allegations against Chakrabarti and her campaign, AOC’s political future could be in serious jeopardy.