Joke lands Ocasio-Cortez endorsement from 'Star Trek' actress
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday landed the endorsement of a star from the hit "Star Trek" franchise.

Kate Mulgrew, the actress who played Captain Janeway on "Star Trek: Voyager," tweeted to the 28-year-old Democratic House candidate Tuesday morning that she was "interested in assisting your campaign and taking it to warp speed."

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"Captain Kathryn Janeway of the USS Voyager reporting to @Ocasio2018 — I'm very interested in assisting your campaign and taking it to warp speed at RED ALERT!" Mulgrew wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez had previously joked on Twitter about being a fan of the show.

She responded to the endorsement by praising Mulgrew's character, the only female captain on any of the "Star Trek" shows.

"As a kid, my parents let me stay up late to watch Captain Janeway lead her crew home through desperate straits, while lost in the galaxy," she tweeted. "Couldn’t have had a better example of a leader for these times. Thank you @TheKateMulgrew!"

Ocasio-Cortez shocked Washington last month with her surprise double-digit primary victory over Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), the No. 4 Democrat in the House and once considered a possible successor to House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCalifornia Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry California Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments MORE (D-Calif.).

She has since hit the campaign trail with fellow progressive Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE (I-Vt.), campaigning for other Sanders-aligned candidates across the country.

She will face Anthony Pappas, a Republican challenger, in November for control of New York's 14th District. The district leans heavily Democratic, and Crowley previously won reelection in 2016 with more than 80 percent of the vote.