Controversial Democratic Socialist Julia Salazar wins the New York state primary
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ABOUT: Controversial Democratic Socialist Julia Salazar won the New York state primary on Thursday.Salazar, who has been scrutinized for her dodgy past where she faked her Jewish immigrant biography and lied about her 'hardscrabbled' upbringing, beat 16-year incumbent State Senator Martin Dilan.The 27-year-old won a spot on the ballot for New York's 18th Senate District seat based in Brooklyn.She beat Dilan by 58 per cent to 42 per cent, with 88 per cent of the precincts reporting, according to Fox.She will not face a Republican opponent in November.'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,' Susan Kang, a leader of the New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, said.'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,' she added according to the Huffington Post.Her insurgent grassroots campaign attacked her 68-year-old opponent for failing to help the poor and halt the gentrification of Brooklyn.Salazar followed the footsteps of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is also a part of the Democratic Socialists of America and beat 10-term incumbent Representative Joe Crowley in the Democratic US congressional primary in June.The young politician rallied support of millennials in Brooklyn pushing an image of being educated and relatable fronting with her alleged poor immigrant background which she called 'hardscrabbled'.She claimed to be Jewish, a Columbia University graduate, and that she grew up poor and immigrated from Colombia.However her reputation was discredited in August when her brother said she was raised Catholic, it was discovered she never graduated from the Ivy League school, and she was born in Miami and grew up in a sprawling waterfront home with a maid and attended private school in Florida and even has a trust fund.Her shaky reputation was further rocked when the Daily Caller announced they would publish a story identifying her as the woman who anonymously accused an aide of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of sexual assault.Salazar then tweeted about the incident saying Netanyahu's spokesman David Keyes bullied her into an unwanted sex act.Keyes however says the accusation isn't true and was 'made by someone who has proven to be repeatedly dishonest about her own life.' He has also denied allegations by other women who accuse him of sexual harassment.A Jewish political magazine also did a deep dive into Salazar's political trajectory and found she used to be a Republican and an anti-abortion Christian.Now she's a Jewish Democrat on the far left, following her time at Columbia.It was also revealed that in 2011 she was arrested over accusations of bank fraud by t