Rising liberal Democrat star on West Coast fundraising swing

August 02, 2018 - 12:01 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a rising liberal star — will be in downtown Los Angeles for a small-dollar fundraiser.

The 28-year-old startled the Democratic Party establishment when she defeated 10-term U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in a New York City Democratic primary.

An invitation posted on Facebook says tickets for Thursday's event at a downtown theater are $27, with $10 entry for students.

California's Democratic Party has been contending with friction between its establishment and liberal wings.

Ocasio-Cortez has said she intentionally built her campaign from the ranks of liberal and social causes, not from the traditional Democratic Party machine.

She is on a West Coast fundraising swing. She held an event in San Francisco on Wednesday.

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