Rep. Joe Crowley should resign as the Queens Democratic Party leader following his startling loss to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a party activist said Wednesday.
“It’s only a matter of time for him to step down. He couldn’t win his own re-election. I don’t know how he could be the Queens Democratic Party chairman,” said Willam Salgado, head of the Pan-American Democratic Association, the only Queens club to endorse the 28-year-old challenger.
Crowley has been the party chairman since 2006.
Salgado said there should be a complete house-cleaning, including replacing longtime executive director Michael Reich.
“We need a big, big change in Queens County, like with Ocasio. The party is an old-time political machine like the 1920s,” he said.
Crowley’s initial election to Congress in 1998 was mired in controversy. He was handpicked by his predecessor, former Rep. Tom Manton, who also was the county party leader at the time.
The party can make leadership changes following the Sept. 13 primaries, a source said.
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