Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's campaign fined for not providing workers' comp coverage

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's campaign fined for not providing workers' comp coverage

Members of Congress tell Politico on and off the record that Ocasio-Cortez will have an ineffective legislative career if she continues to criticize party leadership. "Honestly, if the Democrats had three more of her [Ocasio-Cortez], Americans would run away so fast that we'd have a power monopoly until she's Lieberman's age".

"I'm sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there's nearly an outstanding rule: Don't attack your own people", veteran Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said.

"New party, who dis?".

In responding to the Politico article Friday morning, Ocasio-Cortez quoted a character from the comic book Watchmen to signal her intention to resist the influence of more experienced lawmakers.

Since her election, Ocasio-Cortez has made a number of controversial statements which have provoked strong responses, including accusing the former White House Chief of Staff and retired Marine Corps General John F. Kelly of "cowardice". Rank and file are peeved that there's a grassroots movement to try to win her a top committee post they feel she doesn't deserve. "But if you look at the majority of new Democrats in the House, they tend to be, I say, center-left, if they are not left-left".

Ocasio-Cortez was the subject of a January 6 "60 Minutes" segment on the bartender turned congresswoman who wants to challenge the way Washington works.

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"This is basic stuff, especially if you hold yourself out to be the champion of workers", the campaign operative said. "People want to see results".

"The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law".

"I think she needs to give herself an opportunity to know her colleagues and to give herself a sense of the chemistry of the body before passing judgment on anyone or anything", Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) said.

"Democrats are insane to be criticizing this woman".

"She's new here, feeling her way around", said Representative Kurt Schrader (D., Ore.).

"People are afraid of her", said one senior Democratic aide.

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