She deposed a Democratic kingmaker in her House district….
She grabbed the media’s attention…
She has made sure spread her name around ….
She has also Madde sure she voted FOR House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and works within the system with the House leader…
The new House member is no dummy….
In Queens, she’s a storm-the-barricades political outsider. But back in Washington, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is working the system.
Ocasio-Cortez once again confronted the powerful New York Democratic machine this week and won — helping propel a little-known, left-wing candidate to likelyvictory in Queens’ district attorney primary, over an establishment pick backed by some of her own colleagues.
On Capitol Hill, however, Ocasio-Cortez met with Speaker Nancy Pelosito reshape a contentious spending package for the southern border. And while the New York Democrat ultimately opposed the bill on the floor Tuesday, she declined to mobilize her army of social media followers against it or rile up the progressive base in a bid to tank it.
The freshman firebrand later said that she and her progressive colleagues were “holding out as long as possible” against Democratic leaders to build leverage, a move that she said helped secure key policy wins.
“We continued to hold out, and all of a sudden, what we were told was not possible was suddenly possible in order to secure these votes,” Ocasio Cortez said of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ ability to change the bill.
“We didn’t necessarily have the votes to stop the House version, but I think that’s why it’s important for us to record our objections to it,” she said. “I think we were actually very successful.”
The latest episode over the border bill underscores Ocasio-Cortez’s approach to Congress six months into her hotly anticipated turn in Washington…..