Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded on Twitter Thursday evening to former CT senator and 2000 Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman who told Fox Business that he hoped the young congresswoman was not the "future of the party". So it's no surprise the man who left the party to become an "independent" has thoughts on newly elected liberal Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The effort, described by almost 20 lawmakers and aides, is part carrot, part stick: Some lawmakers with ties to Ocasio-Cortez are hoping to coax her into using her star power to unite Democrats and turn her fire on Republicans.
Some congressional Democrats are already frustrated with upstart freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's tendency to butt heads with members of her own party, according to a number of lawmakers and aides.
"I'm sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there's nearly an outstanding rule: Don't attack your own people", said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo.
With more than 2 million followers on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez uses the power of social media to address issues on her terms. "We just don't need sniping in our Democratic Caucus".
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When she made a play this month for a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, a senior Democrat told Politico that '[i] t totally pissed off everyone.
"There's a difference between being an activist and a lawmaker in Congress", the source said.
Republicans quoted in local news reports were quick to complain about the apparent hypocrisy, and a Democrat agreed that the oversight did not look good.
The New York State Workers' Compensation Board's website also shows that Ocasio-Cortez's campaign carried two other comp policies with the State Insurance Fund.
"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 (D-NY) said.