Monday morning, former President Obama announced his endorsements for district and state races.
Obama’s 6 endorsements include Jackie Gordon, Max Rose, Jamaal Bowman, Mondaire Jones, Antonio Delgado and Dana Balter.
Noticeably absent was social media star and lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic, and highly qualified Democrats. If you’re in one of their districts or states, make sure you vote for them this fall. And if you can, vote early—by mail or in person. https://t.co/PSm3Rf3wkF pic.twitter.com/7RXrJriBz8
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 3, 2020
NYPost reports former President Barack Obama on Monday endorsed six New Yorkers running for House seats, but he did not endorse freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Obama’s “first wave” of 2020 endorsements follow the Democratic primaries, meaning they won’t influence who makes the November ballot. But the popular former president still carries sway with donors and voters.
Obama released the list of candidates he supports on Twitter. It’s possible he will add additional New Yorkers closer to the election.
Ocasio-Cortez, a self-declared socialist known by her initials, AOC, has been a powerful figure in Democratic races this year and has helped steer the party to the left on issues like health care and education.
Obama endorsed two incumbent Democrats in New York, Reps. Antonio Delgado, who represents the Hudson Valley, and Max Rose, who represents Staten Island and southern Brooklyn.
Rose, a 33-year-old Afghanistan War veteran, clashed with the 30-year-old AOC last week over her attempt to restrict military recruitment online.
“This is incredibly insulting as it perpetuates the limousine liberal trope that soldiers are idiots who only get duped into enlisting,” Rose told The Post about the measure, which was defeated by a wide margin.
Obama also endorsed Jackie Gordon, a Jamaica-born teacher running to replace retiring Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on Long Island, and upstate candidate Dana Balter, who is running to represent Syracuse.
The former president additionally backed former school principal Jamaal Bowman, who defeated Rep. Eliot Engel in a primary challenge in the Bronx and Westchester County, and lawyer Mondaire Jones, who is running to replace the retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in a district north of New York City.