Ocasio-Cortez’s Attacks on Democrats Have Party Scrambling for Damage Control

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They point to her hiring of two former organizers from the progressive group Justice Democrats, which helped get her elected, and a November conference call in which she urged, "all Americans know money in politics is a huge problem, but unfortunately the way that we fix it is by demanding that our incumbents give it up or by running fierce campaigns ourselves". The former bartender, who joined a climate-change protest in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during her freshman congressional orientation, also demanded the creation of a specific committee to further the implementation of a so-called "green new deal", but was refused that as well. In its Friday report, Politico pointed to no fewer than 20 Democratic lawmakers who aren't exactly over the moon about Ocasio-Cortez's public behavior and its reflection on the party. "There's a difference between being an activist and a lawmaker in Congress".

In a comparison that Ocasio-Cortez would surely hate, politicos have pointed out that the NY rep. has "Trumpian" tendencies.

They both unseated a fellow Democrat and share Puerto Rican roots.

"In private conversations with Ocasio-Cortez over the past few months, Velázquez counseled Ocasio-Cortez against targeting her Democratic colleagues in future elections", Politico reported.

"This is basic stuff, especially if you hold yourself out to be the champion of workers", added the Democrat. "People want to see results".

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"She's new here, feeling her way around", added Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore. "She doesn't understand how the place works yet".

The Politico report said some Democrats compare Ocasio-Cortez' prolific use of Twitter to President Trump's regular posts on social media.

Instead of letting the article go unmentioned, Ocasio-Cortez invoked a quote by the comic book protagonist Rorschach, created by Alan Moore.

"People are afraid of her", said one senior Democratic aide.

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