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Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats feared they'd lose their jobs if they backed me

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Friday that many Democrats wouldn't support her in her primary bid against Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) out of fear they'd upset the "party apparatus" and lose their jobs. 

“I can’t tell you how many times I would talk to people. People were afraid to even take pictures with me in public because of what that could mean,” Ocasio-Cortez, who scored a major upset over Crowley in a New York primary this week, said on ABC's "The View."

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Crowley, 56, the fourth-ranking House Democrat, hadn't faced a primary challenger in 14 years and had been considered a potential candidate to become a future Speaker before his loss on Tuesday to Ocasio-Cortez, 28, a former organizer for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersStudy: Early unemployment cutoff would cost 16M people 0B Machine Gun Kelly reveals how Bernie Sanders aided him in his relationship with Megan Fox Overnight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response MORE's (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential campaign.

Ocasio-Cortez said Friday that people were scared to challenge the "machine, because then my job’s going to be at risk.” 

“There were so many people behind closed doors that said, ‘I want to support you. I believe you are what’s best, but I can’t because my job will be at risk,'" said Ocasio-Cortez.

A self-described democratic socialist, she is expected to win the general election this fall against her GOP opponent in a deep blue district.

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Hillicon Valley: Colonial pipeline is back online, but concerns remain | Uber, Lyft struggle with driver supply | Apple cuts controversial hire Ocasio-Cortez on Taylor Greene: 'These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time' MORE (D-Calif.) has pushed back against the idea of Ocasio-Cortez's win meaning something larger amid rumblings of younger, more progressive candidates potentially stepping up to run for Democratic leadership spots.

"They made a choice in one district. So let’s not get yourself carried away as an expert on demographics and the rest of that," Pelosi said on Wednesday.