In June, “queer Latina” Tiffany Cabán was all ready to claim the spoils on election night. She declared herself the winner just because she was holding 40 percent of the vote, while her challenger, Melinda Katz, only showed 38 percent. She waited until midnight then made a victory speech.
Not so fast, Katz exclaimed, there were still a lot of votes to be counted and even then she wasn’t about to concede without a recount. She was right.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was one of Cabán’s biggest cheerleaders. At one rally, AOC brought along an air horn so she could sound off a blast to punctuate each of Cabán’s talking points.
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders were backing her too. She was running on a platform that includes “legalizing prostitution, protecting illegal immigrants, and amnesty for turnstile jumpers.” She even wanted to arrest “ICE agents in court.”
Breaking the tie came down to the final count on absentee ballots. The final vote recount showed that Melinda Katz won by “several dozen” votes.
On Tuesday, Cabán officially admitted defeat. “We terrified the Democratic establishment,” she tweeted. “There is still so much work to be done here in Queens — and you better believe I’m going to keep fighting.”
The winner, Melinda Katz, has a 25 year history as a public servant representing the Queens borough in both the State Assembly and the City Council. She is thrilled with the outcome and anxious to get to work. “Too often, the process of primary campaigns obscures the vast commonalities we share as Democrats and reformers. We all want a safe Queens where everyone is treated equally.”
The most BX pride speech I ever gave 😂 they really cued up the horns for our policy points 🤣🏳️🌈
There’s no place like home! pic.twitter.com/2bh9XUTbII
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 23, 2019