CALLING IT QUITS? Ocasio-Cortez Says ‘I Don’t Even Know If I Want To Be in Politics’

“It’s the incoming. It’s the stress. It’s the violence. It’s the lack of support from your own party…”

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez surprised some Democrats during a recent interview with the New York Times published this week; saying she “doesn’t even know” if she “wants to be in politics” beyond her current term.

“Is there a universe in which they’re hostile enough that we’re talking about a Senate run in a couple years?” asked the New York Times.

“I genuinely don’t know. I don’t even know if I want to be in politics. You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for re-election this year,” said Ocasio-Cortez.

“It’s the incoming. It’s the stress. It’s the violence. It’s the lack of support from your own party. It’s your own party thinking you’re the enemy. When your own colleagues talk anonymously in the press and then turn around and say you’re bad because you actually append your name to your opinion,” she added.

“But I’m serious when I tell people the odds of me running for higher office and the odds of me just going off trying to start a homestead somewhere — they’re probably the same,” said the Congresswoman.

Read the full interview at the New York Times.

FRAUDS EXPOSED: @AOC found thru Casting Call! 5 Dems recruited-Political equivalent of Spice Girls!!!

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That’s right #AlexandriaOccasionalCortex is a fraud! She was found like a Hollywood Casting Call. And the other Radicals were recruited precisely because of their ethnicity and skin color. And they say Republicans are racist? I expose the evil group behind these MANUFACTURED CANDIDATES… #IlhanOmar #RashidaTliab #JoshBernsteinShow

 

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AOC threatens to put moderate Democrats ‘on a list’ to be unseated

1-aoc.w700.h467.2xPelosi and AOC both want Dems to fall in line, but used different tactics. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

 

Earlier this week the Democrats now running the House of Representatives strutted their stuff with passage of a bill aiming at the ancient liberal target of the gun background check “loophole” for private sales. It was passed by a 240-190 margin on what was basically a party-line vote. But before that vote, Republicans offered an unexpected “motion to recommit” the bill to add language instructing law enforcement officials to notify ICE if an “illegal immigrant” attempted to buy a gun. Twenty-six Democrats voted with Republicans in favor of that motion, and embarrassed House leaders added the language as an amendment to keep the bill from dying then and there.

Subsequently House Democrats met to discuss the incident (the second successful MTR maneuver by Republicans in the brief period since Nancy Pelosi took the gavel), amid some talk of amending the House rules either to eliminate MTRs or provide members with more time to consider them. But according to the Washington Post, recriminations broke out between members angry at the defections on the ICE vote, and defectors angry that Democrats from safer districts weren’t sufficiently sensitive to their political needs.

In a closed-door session, a frustrated Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lashed out at about two dozen moderates and pressured them to get on board. “We are either a team or we’re not, and we have to make that decision,” Pelosi said, according to two people present but not authorized to discuss the remarks publicly.

Pelosi, according to the Post, focused much of her frustration on congressional veterans. But interestingly enough, the conflict was exemplified by an unhappy exchange between two House freshman from very different political environments:

[Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the unquestioned media superstar of the freshman class, upped the ante, admonishing the moderates and indicating she would help liberal activists unseat them in the 2020 election.

Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said she told her colleagues that Democrats who side with Republicans “are putting themselves on a list.”

… Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.) — reacted sharply to Ocasio-Cortez’s comments and rose to urge her colleagues to respect the political reality of representing a swing district, according to multiple people present.

Ocasio-Cortez, of course, unseated a top member of the House Democratic leadership in a primary; her district is not competitive in general elections. Torres Small won one of the closest general election contests in the country.

But this wasn’t just a standard-brand left-versus-center ideological clash. AOC made a rather important counterpoint about the quandary the Republican amendment placed her and like-minded Democrats in, according to her spokesman Corbin Trent:

“She said that when activists ask her why she had to vote for a gun safety bill that also further empowers an agency that forcibly injects kids with psychotropic drugs, they’re going to want a list of names and she’s going to give it to them,” Trent said, referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Post interpreted this reference to a “list” as a threat to support primary challenges to the moderates. Whether or not that’s what AOC intended, there’s no question some of her House colleagues fear that she’ll help do to them what she did to Joe Crowley in her own insurgent primary challenge last year. And it infuriates those in swing districts that they might have to fight a two-front war to win reelection.

These tensions create some serious problems for Nancy Pelosi, who must cater to every faction in her caucus. One option for her is simply to impose party discipline and insist moderates bite the bullet on cleverly designed Republican poison-pill amendments. As she and others pointed out in the caucus meeting, Republicans managed to vote down similar Democratic gambits routinely when they controlled the House, adopting a “just say no” party line on all procedural motions from the other side of the aisle.

Alternatively, Pelosi may have to rethink how much value there really is for her caucus and party in “messaging” bills like the gun measure, which is about as likely to be considered in the Republican-controlled Senate as a bill to double Planned Parenthood’s funding. A symbolic gesture toward an important if presently unachievable goal like better gun regulation is a lot more effective if Democrats can agree in advance not to let themselves get distracted by Republican hijinks. The last thing they need is a public “struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party,” with media hounds eagerly feeding on every morsel of conflict.

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Cuomo blames other NY Dems for Amazon exit as AOC celebrates

Q7MJQJ36ERDHXHDIRLXUWU4XAQGov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, both Democrats from New York, appear in AP file photos.

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued a statement blaming other Democratic politicians in New York for Amazon’s decision to abandon plans for an HQ2 site in Long Island City.

“Amazon chose to come to New York because we are the capital of the world and the best place to do business,” Cuomo said Thursday. “Bringing Amazon to New York diversified our economy away from real estate and Wall Street, further cementing our status as an emerging center for tech and was an extraordinary economic win not just for Queens and New York City, but for the entire region, from Long Island to Albany’s nanotech center.”

“However, a small group (of) politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community — which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City — the state’s economic future and the best interests of the people of this state. The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.”

Cuomo didn’t name any specific names, but Newsday reports his spokeswoman Dani Lever singled out NY State Senator Todd Kaminsky as the “dean” of Long Island delegation.

“[He] tanked the Amazon plan by placing a stalwart Amazon opponent on the government approval board to pander to the local socialists,” Lever said Thursday. “Senator Kaminsky cowered when he should have shown courage.”

The Amazon deal would have brought 25,000 jobs to Long Island City in Queens and as much as $30 billion in revenue. In exchange, the state and city agreed to give the retail giant $3 billion in tax incentives.

Some questioned why America’s most valuable company — headed by the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos — needed incentives to come to NYC. According to the Wall Street Journal, opposition grew among left-leaning activist groups in the rapidly gentrifying area of Northern Queens, where the Democratic Socialists of America helped U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat longtime incumbent Joe Crowley last year and secure a Democratic majority in the New York State Senate for the first time in a decade.

Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, celebrated Amazon’s exit. She previously criticized the tax incentives, saying such money could be used towards improving the city’s subway system and investing in local communities.

“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she tweeted Thursday.

Amazon said Thursday that local opposition was the main reason it is dropping its New York City plans, despite 70 percent of Empire State residents supporting the investment. The company said it would keep its planned HQ2 site in Virginia and an expansion in Nashville, Tennessee, but would not replace its NYC plans with another HQ2 site.

Concerns have now been raised about whether Amazon’s departure would hurt the rest of New York state and possibly deter other tech companies from coming to NY. Cuomo, however, managed to still express optimism.

“The fundamentals of New York’s business climate and community that attracted Amazon to be here – our talent pool, world-class education system, commitment to diversity and progressivism – remain and we won’t be deterred as we continue to attract world class business to communities across New York State,” the New York governor said.

Katko, Brindisi invite Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to visit Upstate New York

Katko, Brindisi invite Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to visit Upstate New York

Central New York’s two congressmen urge Amazon to consider the region for its HQ2 after NYC deal collapses.

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