Ayanna Pressley: The latest unexpected champion in the primaries
The Boston city councilor defeated veteran Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary and, in the absence of a Republican candidate, will become the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress in Massachusetts.
The results of the primary elections in the United States have not been so much a victory for the Democrats - a "Blue Wave" as many have called it - but rather a victory for a female and independent movement within progressive politics devoted to reform.
This week, the new face and voice of this movement is that of Ayanna Pressley, a 44-year-old municipal councilor who raised her campaign with the promise that "change is coming and the future belongs to all of us.”
In a race against veteran Michael Capuano, also progressive and never challenged since his nomination in 1998, Pressley advocated a "more activist leadership" and the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), echoing proposals from winning candidates such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, as reported by the BBC.
Pressley has work experience with Sen. John Kerry and Rep. Joseph Kennedy II - whose uncle John F. Kennedy "held the seat that Pressley is set to win before he became president," the report continues.
In the absence of a Republican rival in the district, the victory of this candidate is not only assured but has allowed her to dodge political correctness by attacking President Donald Trump upfront.
"Our president is a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man," the candidate said Tuesday night to her supporters. "It's time to show Washington, both my fellow Democrats who I hope will stand with us and Republicans who may stand in our way… change is coming and that the future belongs to all of us," CNBC recounts.
The moral of Pressley’s victory, as well as that of Ocasio-Cortez and so many candidates during these elections, has been the recognition of local politics as the true formula, as well as the distancing of the bipartisan tradition that doesn’t represent its voters.
While there are still weeks left to witness the true results of the mid-term elections, one thing is certain: U.S. politics will never be the same.