“She needs to decide: Does she want to be an effective legislator or just continue being a Twitter star?”
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Establishment Democrats are fighting self-proclaimed socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-N.Y., influence.
More than 20 moderate Democratic lawmakers and aides with ties to Ocasio-Cortez are trying to repress her radical views and bring her into the fold, according to a report by Politico.
Some have tried to convince her that as a rising star, Ocasio-Cortez could greatly help the Democratic Party.
And others have warned her that if she continues to isolate establishment politicians, she could be treated as an enemy in her own party.
“I’m sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there’s almost an outstanding rule: Don’t attack your own people,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., said. “We just don’t need sniping in our Democratic Caucus.”
Ocasio-Cortez is one of several newly-elected Democrats who hopes to bring a radical leftist streak to the somewhat moderate Democratic establishment.
She railed against the Democrats’ new set of House rules on Twitter during her first week in office, and several of the other leftists have staged a grassroots movement to try and elevate her to a top committee position.
“She’s new here, feeling her way around,” Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., said. “She doesn’t understand how the place works yet.”
Even some of the leftists who agree with Ocasio-Cortez don’t think she’s using her influence effectively.
“She needs to decide: Does she want to be an effective legislator or just continue being a Twitter star?” one House Democrat who agrees with Ocasio Cortez’s ideology told Politico. “There’s a difference between being an activist and a lawmaker in Congress.”
Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., is one of the Democrats trying to talk Ocasio-Cortez down.
In private conversations, Velázquez told Ocasio-Cortez not to target her Democratic colleagues and to think twice before backing primary candidates against elected Democrats.
“Washington is a political animal where a lot of the work that you want to accomplish depends on relationships within the Democratic Caucus,” said Velázquez, who described herself as a “bridge” between Ocasio-Cortez and the caucus. “The honeymoon between the voters that you represent and yourself could be a short one. People want to see results.”