Uh oh: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in hot water with some of her fellow House Democrats.
Apparently the fundraising superstar won’t contribute even a cent of her suggested $250,000 dues to the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee – despite raising more than $5 million in 2019.
Some of her Democratic colleagues are not happy.
“Sometimes the question comes: ‘Do you want to be in a majority or do you want to be in the minority?” Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., told Fox News, when asked about AOC’s stance. “And do you want to be part of a team?”
Another Democrat was less diplomatic: “Deadbeat Cortez should pay her bills,” complained the Democratic source. “She’s always whining about people paying their fair share and here she is leaving her friends with the bill.”
Well, she’s a self-proclaimed “democratic socialist.” What did they expect?
For her part, AOC says the DCCC isn’t progressive enough.
“For me personally, I’m not paying D-trip dues,” said Ocasio-Cortez, using slang for the DCCC and citing a “myriad of reasons.”
“One, I don’t agree with the policy around blacklisting groups that help progressive candidates,” she said, referring to a DCC effort to sideline vendors who assist challengers to members of Congress. “I think we need to evolve as a party and make room for that.”
AOC tweeted about her beef with the DCCC back in March.
AOC has used online fundraisers to help support her friends and chosen candidates, including Bernie Sanders and the rest of her squad (Reps. Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib), among others.
She also raised money for progressive candidates like Marie Newman, a progressive running against Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois, who opposed abortion.
On the one hand, AOC is helping raise money for those she agrees with. On the other hand, she’s not exactly being a team player within the Democratic party – or a very good socialist.
Apparently, she doesn’t see the irony of her actions.
Instead of donating to the DCCC and letting the party decide what to do with the money, AOC is making her own decisions regarding where campaign money is best spent, using her time and resources to support the candidates of her choice.
You know, kind of like a capitalist.