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Democratic Aide Blasts Ocasio-Cortez, Says She Often Dismisses Those in Her District

'If you're a grandma in Queens who needs help with Medicare and you call AOC's office, you get a recording' with website directions

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An anonymous Democratic aide slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) (shown above, beside New York City resident Spike Lee) in an interview for a piece in The New York Post this week — claiming that the self-described socialist has “no plans to serve” her constituents.

The story noted that the freshman congresswoman often dismisses those in her district — and that she does not answer phone calls.

“Critics of Ocasio-Cortez suggest making constituents play phone tag is proof that she’s more show pony than work horse,” The New York Post wrote.

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A Democrat congressional aide cited in the story told The New York Post, “She has no plans to serve the people. That’s why she has no constituent services operation.”

“If you’re a grandma in Queens who needs help with her Medicare and you call AOC’s ‘district office,’ you get a recording that tells you to visit the website instead,” the aide said.

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“What kind of elitist nonsense is that?” he or she continued. “Shameful. It’s all shameful.”

Not surprisingly, AOC is reportedly very unpopular in her district, with only 10 people in that area known to have donated to her re-election campaign.

“The average freshman representative’s re-election campaign received $107,141.29 in itemized contributions from their constituents in the first half of 2019, FEC filings the DCNF analyzed show,” The Daily Caller reported.

“Ocasio-Cortez’s reported in-district fundraising haul of $1,525.50 was just 1.4 percent of that average.”

Poll numbers from within Ocasio-Cortez’s district have yielded similar negative results about how people there view her.

A door-to-door poll from Stop The AOC PAC found the following results:

  • They don’t like her. She has a more than 2:1 ratio of unfavorable (50.88 percent) to favorable (21.37 percent) in public opinion.
  • They don’t trust her. Only 10.75 percent of respondents thought she had their best interests in mind in quashing the Amazon deal — 32.60 percent said she didn’t.
  • They don’t want her. Some 33 percent are ready to vote against her, and only 13.30 percent would vote for her.

Obviously none of this is good news for AOC.

And most people could have seen this coming. Ocasio-Cortez seems more concerned about her own celebrity than about actually representing the voters who elected her in her district, in our view.

Sure, she was able to topple a weak incumbent in her overwhelmingly Democratic New York district in the fall 2019 midterms, but it will likely be just as easy for another challenger to take her down in the same dramatic fashion in 2020.

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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