Published On: Fri, Sep 14th, 2018

New York: Socialist Julia Salazar wins primary despite false claims of race, background and education

The truth doesn’t always win out…at least not at first.

A socialist victory for the New York senate matters more than the false claims by the candidate: Julia Salazar.

Julia Salazar

Salazar defeated Democratic state Sen. Martin Dilan, who was running for his ninth term in the 18th District.  The victory made headlines as left-leaning sites, like Vox, noted that she overcame “high degree of scrutiny of her background — her brother publicly said that she was lying about her past, claiming to be from a working-class family when her mother made a middle-class salary and claiming to be an immigrant when she and her mother were both born in the US.”

Note that, even her brother called out the bold face lies about growing up in poverty, getting a degree from Columbia and being an immigrant.

A piece in Tablet, an online Jewish publication, also raised questions about her Judaism, calling her Jewish identity “largely self-created.”

Self-created is a new, liberal term for lie.

Vox explained that “Salazar is a longtime activist with the Democratic Socialists of America, having served on the organizing committee of the DSA’s socialist-feminist working group. She has campaigned with Cynthia Nixon, the actress and progressive candidate for governor. She has been endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez, who has done campaign events with her. She’s been the subject of very friendly interviews in popular left outlets like Jacobin, whose reading groups she used to attend, and the podcast Chapo Trap House.”

“Julia Salazar’s victory is a testament to how much her policy platform resonated with the people of North Brooklyn, some of the fastest gentrifying communities in New York City,” said Susan Kang, a leader of the New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, which endorsed Salazar, who is an active dues-paying member of the organization. “Her bold platform of fighting for tenants’ rights, immigrants and transit riders matters more than this expensive smear campaign against her, and that shows how important the issues really are.”


Salazar has been called out for falsely implying she’s an immigrant (she was born in the U.S.) who was raised in a Catholic-Jewish faith family (neither of her parents practiced Judaism) and graduated from Columbia University (she’s taken classes there, but doesn’t have a degree). Citizens Union, a government watchdog group, earlier this month rescinded its endorsement of her, saying she had misled the organization about her academic credentials.

While these fibs made headlines, Salazar’s policy platform earned her the enthusiastic grassroots support of the Democratic Socialists of America, New York congressional candidate ― and progressive heroine ― Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Cynthia Nixon, a progressive who challenged incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary.


Well, in New York, fibs win.

BTW, Andrew Cuomo defeated Cynthia Nixon in that primary.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at theglobaldispatch@gmail ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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