- The Washington Times
Friday, January 11, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ chief of staff on Friday compared establishment Democrats to the English aristocracy after a report surfaced that portrays the New York congresswoman as increasingly on the outs with members of her own party.

Saikat Chakrabarti picked apart a new Politico piece in which several Democrats criticized how Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has acted since arriving on Capitol Hill.


“The Democratic Party and the King of England have surprisingly similar reactions to democracy when their own power is threatened,” Mr. Chakrabarti wrote on Twitter.

The congresswoman, through her staff, declined to be interviewed for Politico’s article, which cited several Democrats wary of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s early penchant for opposing fellow Democrats in primary races.

“I think she needs to give herself an opportunity to know her colleagues and to give herself a sense of the chemistry of the body before passing judgment on anyone or anything,” Rep. Yvette Clarke, also from New York, told Politico.

“I’m sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there’s almost an outstanding rule: Don’t attack your own people,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said. “We just don’t need sniping in our Democratic Caucus.”

Mr. Chakrabarti slammed the Democrats criticizing his boss as lazy, accusing them of not actually doing their jobs.

“I wish our Congress was as effective at organizing around legislation as they seem to be in organizing big money and planting crap stories in Politico,” he added on Twitter. “Bulls—t like this is why people have no faith in Congress doing its job — because it doesn’t.”

Attempts by The Washington Times to reach Mr. Chakrabarti for further comment were not immediately successful.

Former Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman is also not a fan of the new congresswoman.

During an interview on Fox Business Network, Mr. Lieberman, who was Al Gore’s running mate in 2000, said Ms. Ocasio-Cortez sticks out from the rest the freshman class he sees as mostly “center-left.”

“With all respect, I certainly hope she’s not the future and I don’t believe she is,” he said Thursday.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez brushed off his criticism, tweeting, “New party, who dis?”


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