Freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) suggested last week that Democratic leadership was trying to load up her schedule on purpose, complaining, "Sometimes I wonder if they're trying to keep me busy."
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The New York democratic socialist made the accusation during an interview released Tuesday on "The New Yorker Radio Hour," where she said, "I was assigned to some of the busiest committees and four subcommittees. So my hands are full. And sometimes I wonder if they're trying to keep me busy."
Ocasio-Cortez has been a thorn in the side of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ever since taking office — publicly opposing leadership and voting against it on a number of issues — along with a handful of other far-left freshman Democratic congresswomen who call themselves "the squad," including Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.).
The New York Times reported that Pelosi feels the squad "made themselves irrelevant" after the four voted against a bill providing funds to address the humanitarian crisis at the border. The speaker told the Times, "All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn't have any following. They're four people and that's how many votes they got."
Indeed, Ocasio-Cortez enjoys a strong following on social media, which she has used to promote her progressive agenda and become a household name. Last week, she claimed on Twitter that she is able to fundraise more successfully using online platforms than traditional methods.
The freshman tweeted, "I find it strange when members act as though social media isn't important," before boasting, "I haven't dialed for dollars once this year, & have more time to do my actual job."
I find it strange when members act as though social media isn’t important. They set millions of 💵 on 🔥 to run TV a… https://t.co/e10rmaqlb6— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1562461299.0
Ocasio-Cortez holds a number of prominent committee assignments, handed to her by leadership months ago. The Daily Mail noted that the freshman serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Reform — both of which are currently investigating President Donald Trump.