By Christine Chung (THE CITY)
A few months ago, Tiffany Cabán toiled in near anonymity as a public defender in Manhattan.
By late Tuesday night, the 31-year-old self-described “queer Latina” emerged as the latest herald of the AOC Effect, threatening to pull an upset victory in the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney.
“Whether Cabán wins or loses, she can only be cast as the winner,” said longtime local political strategist George Arzt.
Cabán fought through early fundraising woes and shake-ups in her campaign to stand out in an initially seven-candidate field headed by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, a career politician and Democratic Party stalwart.
Touting her working-class roots and a platform calling for criminal justice reform, Cabán tapped into the zeitgeist that carried insurgent Larry Krasner to victory last year in the Philadelphia district attorney’s race.
Krasner endorsed Cabán. So did Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and The New York Times.
But perhaps her most important backing came from Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, who upended politics in Queens County — and around the country — with her upset victory last year over party leader Joe Crowley.
“When people come together, we can beat big money in elections,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted late Tuesday night. “People power is no fluke.”