So now that mainstream media – possibly as a mission of mercey – have accommodatingly dumped Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from their formerly breathless, day-to-day coverage (how often have you seen her name since the “Green New Deal” became a national laughingstock that not even Senate Democrats would vote for?)…
…how is she doing with the constituents who elected her to congress?
Here’s a little insight, via the following excerpt from Isabel Vincent’s article in the New York Post:
Amid her zeal to save the world with the Green New Deal, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has ignored residents in her own Bronx back yard.
“I thought AOC would be our savior, but that’s not the case,” complained Roxanne Delgado, a local activist who said she has tried for months to get in touch with the congresswoman for help saving an animal shelter and to clean up parks in the district.
Delgado, 40, says she has made numerous calls to Ocasio-Cortez’s offices in Washington and Queens and sent a barrage of tweets after the freshman lawmaker encouraged residents during a recent visit to a Bronx public library to hit her up on social media.
But she’s heard nothing back.
“NO email or contact on @AOC’s page except DC number which has full #voicemail and no one picks up,” Delgado tweeted on Monday.
The Post made several calls to both the Washington and Queens offices last week. The same recording at both numbers gives Ocasio-Cortez’s Web site and doesn’t allow a caller to leave a message.
The website includes a “scheduling request” form that visitors can fill out to ask for a meeting.
I wonder what Rep. Ocasio-Cortez will say if Ms. Delgado ever manages to get her, or one of her people, to respond.
Maybe it will be along the lines of:
“Hey, go fix the animal shelter yourself. I’ve got only 12 years to personally save the planet from devastation with $93 trillion dollars in new spending, and the only way it happens is if I convince everyone that we can get the money by just taxing the rich. This is so simple, why can’t they understand it?“
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t appear to have learned very much since becoming a member of congress. But, if Roxanne Delgado (and the others mentioned in this article) are any indication, at least some of her constituents are learning that it takes a lot more than smiling, and repeating “tax the rich” over and over again to accomplish anything.
Unfortunately, in New York’s 14th District, the result of this learning will probably be that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is re-elected with just 70% – 75% of the vote instead of last year’s 78%.
I’ve often written that one of the biggest problems Democrats have is members of congress from safer-than-safe districts, who can say and do things that are utterly ridiculous to most people and keep getting re-elected anyway.
Do you doubt that Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez (assuming the campaign money scandal media are not bothering to cover – $1,000,000 worth of it – don’t do her in) will be a case in point?