Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's campaign paid $1,500 fine to NY state

12 January, 2019, 22:55 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Greg Walden and ranking member Frank Pallone speak during the markup of the the American Health Care Act the Republican replacement to Obamacare on Capitol Hill in Washington

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, has come under fire after it was revealed that her campaign was fined by the state for not providing workers' compensation coverage for a month previous year.

Meanwhile, Jessica Proud, spokeswoman for the New York State GOP, said: "Hypocrisy at its finest".

During this time, campaign staffers were not covered for injuries received on the job.

On Friday, CNN political analyst Joan Walsh responded to a Politico report claiming that "exasperated" Democrats are working to rein in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by saying it was the Democrats, not the young Congresswoman, who was being "juvenile".

Her chief of staff also fired back at House Democratic lawmakers who spoke to Politico about Ocasio-Cortez.

"People are afraid of her", a senior Democratic aide told Politico, as some Democrats have withheld criticism of Ocasio-Cortez in fear that she'll go after them on Twitter.

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Ocasio-Cortez sought a spot on the committee-which is usually off limits to freshman reps - with the backing of progressive groups that pushed for a slate of fresh-faced candidates to earn posh assignments.

AOC unsheathed the quote from a character created by the British anarchist author in response to a Politico piece about older-guard Democrats' frustration with the outspoken new member of their House.

"She's new here, feeling her way around", Rep. Kurt Schrader (D., Ore.) said.

Some of the lawmakers want her to help unite Democrats and focus her attacks on the Republicans, while others warn she has to stop treating her own party as the enemy, the website noted. "The rents are very high and now the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees", Charles Milite told the New York Post last month.

"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.

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