Dems Looking to Bring Ocasio-Cortez Under Control

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In the two months since her election, Ocasio-Cortez has had the uncanny ability for a first-term member of Congress to push the debate inside the Democratic Party sharply to the left, forcing party leaders and 2020 presidential candidates to grapple with issues that some might otherwise prefer to avoid.

Meanwhile, Politico ran an article today claiming "Exasperated Democrats try to rein in Ocasio-Cortez", for which AOC had yet another ideal response, not just shutting down the sentiment but also solidifying her nerd cred for the foreseeable future. Back home in NY, she has stoked opposition to a deal with Amazon to set up offices in Queens, putting pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, to justify corporate incentives.

Do you think it's fair for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to refer to herself as a "Bronx girl" despite graduating from Yorktown High School?

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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. Her rise to stardom from New York City bartender to a congresswoman started when she unseated Democrat incumbent Joseph Crowley in a primary and then went on to win the seat during the midterms.

Strikingly, the scene from the comic book series from which the quote is taken occurs in a prison cafeteria-a potentially provocative, though perhaps fluid, metaphor for what Congress has become to many lawmakers. "She doesn't understand how the place works yet".

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Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who are among more than two dozen prospects for the Democratic presidential nomination. Two years later, Obama picked him to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.


"With all respect, I certainly hope she's not the future and I don't believe she is", he said.

Joe Lieberman, former Democratic Senator from CT, made it clear he is not a fan of New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

She says the fine, first reported by the New York Daily News, has been paid.

"Democrats are insane to be criticizing this woman".

Technically, it's the same political party, but a newer swath of lawmakers are filling seats in the Capitol, including Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman already making ripples in her first week.

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