Since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went from little-known underdog to national celebrity with a primary upset of Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), some House Democrats have been rubbed the wrong way with her words and methods, The Hill reported.
Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist who is favored to win her district in November, is being cautioned by House members to pull back some and take care to nurture relationships if she wants political success.
"Meteors fizz out," said Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) said. "What she will learn in this institution is that it's glacial to begin with, and therefore no matter how far you rise, that's just how far you will ultimately get your comeuppance. You come up here and you're going to be buddy-buddy with all the folks or you're just going to make them do certain things? Ain't happening, OK?"
What is she doing?
The controversy began not long after the primary election, when the revelation that Crowley could end up on the ballot as a third-party choice by way of New York election laws set her off on Twitter.
Even though Crowley has made it clear he doesn't intend to run against her, and that he doesn't control the law that would put him on the ballot, Ocasio-Cortez accused him of ducking concession calls and mounting a third-party challenge.
"@repjoecrowley stated on live TV that he would absolutely support my candidacy," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "Instead, he's stood me up for all 3 scheduled concession calls. Now, he's mounting a 3rd party challenge against me and the Democratic Party, against the will of [the New York Working Families Party]."
Some Democrats felt that Ocasio-Cortez was being unnecessarily confrontational and divisive during a time when the Democratic Party should be united.
"She's carrying on, and she ain't gonna make friends that way," Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) said to The Hill. "Joe conceded, wished her well, said he would support her ... so she doesn't know what the hell she's talking about."
Ocasio-Cortez's support of some progressive candidates against Democratic incumbents, as well as her attacks on establishment Democratic politics, have caused a rift in the party that has the potential to get worse.
"We as Democrats better figure out who the real enemy is," Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) said. "And it's not each other."