Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez often boasts about her “power” and how she’s the future of the Democratic Party.
It’s no secret that Democratic lawmakers have grown tired of Ocasio-Cortez and her never-ending stunts.
But now members of Ocasio-Cortez’s own Democratic Party are leading the attacks against her and putting her on notice for not being a “team player.”
The problem, as is often the case, revolves around money. During her time in office, Ocasio-Cortez has managed to raise millions of dollars, far outpacing her Democratic colleagues.
Congressional members usually hand over $250,000 of their funds to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which helps other Democratic candidates get and/or stay elected to the House.
This is known as paying one’s dues.
Ocasio-Cortez, however, has refused to pay her dues — and her colleagues are furious over this.
Some congressional Democrats have come forward to voice their displeasure with Ocasio-Cortez.
“Sometimes the question comes: ‘Do you want to be in a majority or do you want to be in the minority?’” said New York Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks. “And do you want to be part of a team?
Another Democrat had a much harsher message for Ocasio-Cortez, calling her a “deadbeat.”
“Deadbeat Cortez should pay her bills,” Fox News reports the anonymous source as saying. “She’s always whining about people paying their fair share and here she is leaving her friends with the bill.”
To be clear, paying one’s dues is not mandatory, as DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos pointed out when asked about Ocasio-Cortez’s decision not to participate.
For her part, Ocasio-Cortez has explained there is a “myriad of reasons” why she refuses to hand money over, including not agreeing with the DCCC’s “policy around blacklisting groups that help progressive candidates.”
Rather, Ocasio-Cortez says she prefers “to help front line members by putting that money straight into their pocket.”
I’m also not the only one.
Expanding a House majority is critical, which is why I regularly (and happily) fundraise sizeable amounts for fellow members.
I also believe that a Dem majority should be transformative, which is why I give strategically. Seems fair, no?
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 10, 2020
This also comes after a rare opportunity could give Democrats the chance to remove Ocasio-Cortez from office without a single vote being cast.
New York is expected to lose a House seat after the 2020 Census being pushed by the Trump administration, and state Democrats are looking to draw out Ocasio-Cortez’s district.
The 2020 Census is coming, which means that over a quarter of those living in Ocasio-Cortez’s district are illegal immigrants with no legal right to live in America.
As such, Ocasio-Cortez’s district may ultimately be redrawn and she may be pushed out of her congressional seat.
Here are a few of the details:
For Ocasio-Cortez, a full Census count is more than a matter of making sure her district gets all the funds and services it’s due.
Ocasio-Cortez’ district could be particularly vulnerable to under count because a little over a quarter of those living there are non-citizens.
That’s a higher percentage than any other congressional district in the state.
A Census under count in Ocasio-Cortez’ district and elsewhere in the state could lead to the elimination of congressional districts — potentially setting off politically charged redistricting battles.
Assuming her district remains and isn’t drawn out, Ocasio-Cortez is already in big trouble with her own constituents.
A recent survey polled Democrats in her Bronx-Queens 14th District, and Ocasio-Cortez is very vulnerable to a re-election challenge.
In recent months, AOC has also found herself in legal trouble for violating ethics rules.
The allegations against Ocasio-Cortez are so serious that Brad Smith, a former FEC commissioner, said the New York socialist lawmaker “could be facing jail time.”