Congressional Dems ‘Exasperated’ With Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Don’t Attack Your Own People’.
WFB: 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.
Members of Congress tell Politico on and off the record that Ocasio-Cortez will have an ineffective legislative career if she continues to criticize party leadership. “I’m sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there’s almost an outstanding rule: Don’t attack your own people,” veteran Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said. “We just don’t need sniping in our Democratic Caucus.”
“She needs to decide: Does she want to be an effective legislator or just continue being a Twitter star?” an anonymous House Democrat said. “There’s a difference between being an activist and a lawmaker in Congress.”
“She’s new here, feeling her way around,” Rep. Kurt Schrader (D., Ore.) said. “She doesn’t understand how the place works yet.” MORE