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COMMENTARY OF THE DAY
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Robert Namer
Voice Of America
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June 22, 2020

    AOC is an idiot and loser. Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is looking to expand her “squad” in the House, putting her considerable firepower behind a slew of progressive primary challengers in New York Tuesday — but insiders say she’s been pulling her punches. Friends and allies of AOC as well as Democratic insiders say lawmakers who have gone the extra mile to work with her on the Hill have been spared the rod — even if their records and philosophies don’t align with her progressive values.

     “If she’s got a personal relationship with you then she is less likely to support political opposition to you. Significantly less likely. A lot of her political decisions are based on personal feelings and relationships,” one person familiar with her thinking told The Post. “The price of admission to the squad has less to do with politics than with personality.”

    In open seats for retiring Reps. Nita Lowey and José E. Serrano, the freshman socialist has backed Mondaire Jones and Samelys López respectively. AOC has also endorsed educator Jamaal Bowman, who is looking to knock off longtime Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, in open defiance of Engel-backer Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Those in the know say Engel’s fatal mistake wasn’t that he had a bad relationship with AOC, but the fact he didn’t take the time to develop a good one.

     Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Ocasio-Cortez have developed a chummy bond in Congress, where they serve on both the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Though they aren’t “friends” and you won’t see them dining out together, they have worked on a number of pieces of legislation and initiatives, like 2020 Census awareness, Immigration and Customs Enforcement accountability, protecting NYCHA residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, and urging the FDA to overturn the ban on LGBT Americans from donating blood. Communication between their offices to collaborate on these and other issues is frequent and initiated by both women.

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