The first day on the job got a little hairy for newly-elected Congresswoman from New York, Alexandria Occasion-Cortez. When New York Post reporters caught up with her in a Capitol Hill hallway on Thursday, they had a very important question to ask her.
And, just like any of her more skilled and experienced colleagues, she skirted the issue without giving a response.
The self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist was asked about her comments on social media last month when she called out legislators for accepting their pay during a government shutdown.
"Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well.
“It’s completely unacceptable that members of Congress can force a government shutdown on partisan lines & then have Congressional salaries exempt from that decision.
“Have some integrity.”
As the new ‘darling of the Democratic Party,’ “Ocasio-Cortez attracted hordes of reporters and photographers on her first day as a member of Congress but stayed tight-lipped throughout the day," the New York Post reports.
Naturally, as the government shutdown goes into its third week, many of those who read her tweet had to ask: Will Ms. Ocasio-Cotez put her money where her mouth is now that she is drawing a ‘congressional salary?’
That’s exactly what the Post reporters were trying to ascertain on Thursday when they approached the 28-year-old outside her new office in Washington.
Very recently, the Congresswoman famously complained about not having enough money to rent an apartment in Washington D.C. leading up to her taking over the post in January. She decided that she should start receiving a paycheck even before she started working.
Knowing her financial situation, the young legislator might have to rethink her castigating of fellow lawmakers about accepting their wages when so many other government workers will have to do without.
And Twitter users aren’t buying the poor little girl from the Bronx routine. Instead, they see it as a sign of her lack of qualifications for her new job.
“She's not very good at economics either. AOC knew she had the election in the bag, months earlier. Yet didn't budget her funds to afford an apartment in DC? …
"I guess planning for future expenses is hard for an economic minor, cum laude grad of Boston U.”
Although Ms. Ocasio-Cortez claimed to be in too much of a hurry to answer the journalists’ queries at the time, but I wouldn’t hold your breath expecting her to revisit the issue anytime soon.
It will be interesting to watch the naive young politician as she begins to find out for herself just how the real world works - in comparison to the socialistic agenda she is so fond of pushing. Lesson #1: Tweets live forever...