Some House Dems upset with Ocasio-Cortez
- Author: Jon Douglas Jan 13, 2019,
Jan 13, 2019, 0:58
Ocasio-Cortez, who at 29 became the youngest woman to be sworn into Congress, had the flawless millennial four-word response to the criticism: "New party, who dis?".
Another Democrat said they'd like to see the rising self-described Democratic socialist star give her fellow colleagues a chance before "passing judgment".
One House member who is trying to mentor Ocasio-Cortez on how to get along and get ahead in Washington is Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), according to Politico.
As reported by The New York Daily News on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez's campaign has been hit with a New York state fine for failing to carry workers' compensation coverage.
According to Politico, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said, "I'm sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there's nearly an outstanding rule: Don't attack your own people".
"People are afraid of her", a senior Democratic aide told Politico, as some Democrats have withheld criticism of Ocasio-Cortez in fear that she'll go after them on Twitter. The former vice-presidential nominee, who retired in 2013 after being a US Senator for 24 years, insisted that the Democrats will only be losing public support if they adopt, what he called, her "left-left" views as their own.
"She's new here, feeling her way around", Rep. Kurt Schrader (D., Ore.) said.
Incumbent Democrats are most annoyed by Ocasio-Cortez's threat to back primary opponents against members of their ranks she deems too moderate.
In 2011, Ocasio-Cortez graduated from Boston University with a degree in economics and worldwide relations.
Some of the lawmakers want her to help unite Democrats and focus her attacks on the Republicans, while others warn she has to stop treating her own party as the enemy, the website noted.
'If you look at the majority of new Democrats in the House, ' he said, 'they tend to be - I say, center-left. and that is because they had to be center-left to win some of those competitive swing districts that they took from Republicans'.