Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (R-N.Y.) has seized the headlines and garnered more attention than any freshman member of Congress, but some of her constituents are less than impressed.
In a report from the Washington Times, some constituents in her New York City district said that they were disappointed in her outlandish and spotlight-seeking behavior.
"I see her on TV a lot but not in the neighborhood," said 55-year-old waitress Barbara Nosel.
"You are supposed to come to the people without the media. You are one of us," she added. "You worked in a bar. You are not a princess."
Others indicated that they were going to give her a chance, and were willing to consider re-electing her. But they resented that she appeared to be neglecting them after they voted her into office.
"People are billing her as a superstar. I think she doesn't have enough experience," said Manuel Fabian, a 65-year-old lawyer and registered Democrat.
"The Green New Deal looks good on paper, but I'm reluctant to give the government so much power and I don't think this country is ready to embrace a socialist platform and I don't think we ever will be," he explained to the Washington Times. "But I'm willing to give her a chance. She's got to learn the ropes."
He added that her policies lacked "substance, depth."
Ocasio-Cortez shocked the political world when she defeated a Democratic Party boss in the primary for New York's 14th District. More recently she has been mocked for the failure of her ambitious Green New Deal to combat climate change. The bill received zero votes in support when Republicans forced it to a vote in the Senate.
Another constituent, 70-year-old retired teacher Iris Acosta, said that she admired Ocasio-Cortez's "oomph" and that she was fighting for the middle class.
"I just don't like her being too fast, in your face," Acosta added. "Go a little slower, and she could do a lot."
Here's the latest on the Green New Deal:
Senate votes to shoot down Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Dealwww.youtube.com