By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is taking heat again from some constituents, this time for being ‘missing in action’ from her own district too often.
As the Washington Times reports, AOC as she has come to be known is falling increasingly at risk of being “Crowleyed” in June, as a primary challenger accused the democratic socialist of criss-crossing the country instead of taking care of constituents in New York’s 14th Congressional District.
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The Times notes:
Just like Joe Crowley, the district’s former representative who served for two-decades and became part of leadership in Washington, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez runs the risk of her voters growing increasingly frustrated with her lack of presence — and disconnect — at home, said Democratic primary challenger Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a former business reporter and CNBC contributor.
“I want to be a representative to the people of the Bronx and Queens. She wants to be a national star,” Caruso-Cabrera told paper. “If she likes Hollywood, go to Hollywood.”
Ocasio-Cortez often counters that she has held “hundreds” of events in her district. But Caruso-Cabrera (what — is it a rule that you can’t run in the 14th district of New York anymore without a hyphenated name?) countered that her socialist policies don’t line up with the views of her constituents, which come from the Bronx and Queens, who are ticked off that she helped chase away a second Amazon HQ that cost tens of thousands of jobs.
New York City Council member Fernando Cabrera, a ‘moderate’ Democrat (there really is no such beast but…), echoed concerns over AOC’s absence in the district.
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“Only a Democrat is going to be able to defeat her, and it’s going to be a moderate Democrat,” Mr. Cabrera told Politico. “She’s a no-show in the district. She hasn’t brought about anything except division within the party.”
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