Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's campaign paid $1,500 fine to NY state

Nellie Chapman
January 12, 2019

Now, the former CT senator and vice presidential candidate is telling a political newcomer to shy away from that ambition because "she's different".

The failure to provide the coverage to campaign staff is particularly awkward for Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist who rose to stardom after unseating top Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley with a campaign theme of improving conditions for the working class.

Lieberman went on Fox Business of all networks to tell host Neil Cavuto that he hopes she's not the future of the Democratic Party. "She's controversial", Lieberman continued. "And that is because they had to be center-left to win some of those competitive swing districts that they took from Republicans", Lieberman said. "So that's the hope".

Former Democratic vice presidential candidate and general curmudgeon Joe Lieberman is a former Senator best known for bucking his party by supporting conservative positions.

Technically, it's the same political party, but a newer swath of lawmakers are filling seats in the Capitol, including Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman already making ripples in her first week.

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The Politico report characterized Ocasio-Cortez's chance of the committee appointment as "strong" and said other more senior legislators have sought to ingratiate themselves with the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress.

Instead, the open downstate NY slot on the House Ways and Means Committee went to a moderate Democrat, Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi, a former CPA, attorney and county executive.

"Just as congressional Republicans constantly withhold criticism of the president out of fear he'll unleash a tweet at them, some Democrats have done the same with Ocasio-Cortez", Politico reported. She still has not answered whether she will follow through with her own advice to fellow lawmakers to "have some integrity" and forgo her paychecks during the partial government shutdown. Her statement drew praise from both sides of the aisle.

Additionally, Ocasio-Cortez accused: President Trump "he has a proven track record of discrimination against anybody who's really non-white in the United States" predating his 2016 election to the White House.

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