This millennial killed it at the polls.
Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, upended the political establishment last month, handily beating 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley for the Democratic nomination in New York’s 14th district. The Bronx-born Ocasio-Cortez, who is expected to win the seat in November’s midterm election, would become the youngest-ever woman to serve in Congress at age 29.
Her victory spurred many a conversation about age, especially given the 56-year-old likely successor to Nancy Pelosi she had unseated. And one widely mocked tweet from the Alabama news site AL.com — posing the question “Should we elect more millennials to Congress?” — drew some world-weary responses.
“The median age of someone in the Millennial generation is about 30. Millennials have fought in two wars not of our own making, powered through an economic collapse not of our own doing, pay taxes, have kids and contribute into your Social Security,” tweeted Charlotte Clymer of the Human Rights Campaign. “What the hell is this question?”