On November 6, Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez managed to clinch the House seat for New York’s 14th Congressional District, beating out her Republican opponent, Anthony Pappas, an economics professor. Ocasio-Cortez, at 29 years-old, is the youngest female member to ever be elected to the House of Representatives.
Ocasio-Cortez has already ignited a stir over a chat she had with The New York Times when she spoke honestly about the fact that it will be struggle to for pay rent in the Washington D.C. area as she begins the new job since she will not receive a paycheck for 3 months. Shockingly, those comments received unexpected criticism from some implying that if she couldn’t afford the move, she wasn’t fit to lead.
A photo was posted on Twitter on Thursday that had been taken by a The Hill staff member of Ocasio-Cortez wearing a fashionable jacket and coat. The user tweeted:
‘Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.’
The youngest female member of The House quickly responded with:
‘If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside. If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh & take a picture of my backside. Dark hates light – that’s why you tune it out. Shine bright & keep it pushing.’
Twitter showed their support for the wise Congressional newbie:
According to VICE:
‘Many freshmen members of Congress stay relatively quiet; they have little power compared to their more senior colleagues. But Ocasio-Cortez, who has attracted a huge amount of media attention, has chosen to break from Democratic establishment norms right out of the gate, keen on harnessing the movement energy that drove her into office. Yet she’s not just a House-side version of Senator Bernie Sanders, the most prominent democratic socialist in America. Instead, she appears to be forging her own path, embracing a raw political persona that celebrates diversity and youth. In other words, she’s not only pushing Congress to the left—she’s also changing the way its left flank looks and operates.’
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