More than half of voters say New York is too far to the Left….
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, is proud that she and her fellow socialist activists quashed a gigantic business deal that would have brought Amazon’s second global headquarters to the Big Apple.
New Yorkers? Not so much.
A new poll asked New York state voters who was the “hero,” “villain” or “role player” in the historic missed opportunity that was estimated to deliver tens of thousands of jobs and $30 billion in tax revenue.
Thirty-eight percent said Ocasio–Cortez was the biggest villain in the debacle. However, 12 percent said the outspoken, 29-year-old former bartender was a hero.
Another 34 percent said Ocasio–Cortez’s local activist allies were the main villains, while 29 percent blamed New York City’s unpopular Mayor Bill de Blasio and 28 percent blamed Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
After Amazon backed out, Ocasio–Cortez framed the controversy as working people defeating an exploitative corporation run by the world’s richest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. But New Yorkers aren’t buying it.
Both Democrats and Republicans overwhelmingly see Amazon’s retreat as bad for the state, with 67 percent saying the fallout will hurt New York.
Another 67 percent said the current politics of the state—with Democrats in control of the legislature, governorship and New York City—is making it harder for businesses to be successful.
More than half of all polled Democrats agreed, with another 51 percent of voters saying New York is too far to the political left.
Following the Amazon fiasco, a conservative group gave Ocasio–Cortez her due by posting a billboard ad in Times Square.
“Thanks For Nothing, AOC!” read a sign on the corner of 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue by the Job Creators Network.
“The Amazon pullout is a perfect example of what we’ve been saying: socialism takes and capitalism creates,” said Alfredo Ortiz, JCN president and CEO, in a press release.