Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is lending her star power to one of the candidates for Queens District Attorney.
Public Defender Tiffany Cabán is hoping to be seen as the most progressive of the seven Democrats running for the position.
"It's always powerful when women especially who are running for office and values align support one another,” Cabán said.
In an email to supporters and on social media, Ocasio-Cortez gave her endorsement by saying, "Our criminal justice system needs to change. New Yorkers deserve a seat at the table and a champion who will fight to realign our priorities towards equal treatment under the law."
"Before Alexandria, before No-IDC candidates, before a lot of folks who kind of came in from the outside as working class people, this idea to run for office, historically, there have been so many barriers,” Cabán said.
Cabán is running on a platform that includes closing Rikers Island without building new jails and not prosecuting sex work or recreational drug use.
And while Ocasio-Cortez endorses Cabán, the Queens Democratic Party machine she beat last year is choosing a different candidate: current Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
"Melinda Katz is the best candidate to be the next DA in Queens County," said the chair of the party, Congressman Gregory Meeks.
"I do see this race as between myself and Melinda Katz but I see as, again, our communities being empowered to finally have a seat at the table,” Cabán said.
But Cabán and Katz are not alone: Rory Lancman, Gregory Lasak, Betty Lugo, Mina Malik and Jose Nieves are also in the June 25th primary.
This is the first endorsement of a New York candidate by Ocasio-Cortez since she took office in January.
On twitter, she downplayed the influence endorsements might have.