Legislators have quietly criticized the newcomer to New York and hope to curb his criticism of those in his own party, Politico reported, citing nearly 20 lawmakers and collaborators. According to the report, lawmakers feared Ocasio-Cortez's ability to oppose progressives to more Democrats from the institution and wanted to use his influence to unite the party.
They mention the recruitment of two former organizers of the Progressive Justice Democrats, which allowed her to be elected, and a conference call in November in which she urged "all Americans know that money in politics is a a huge problem, but unfortunately, it is by demanding that our holders give up or by organizing ourselves fierce campaigns. "
Democratic leaders were also frustrated by the fact that Ocasio-Cortez criticized their new set of House rules on Twitter during the first week of the new Congress, Politico said. Ocasio-Cortez has told more than 2 million Twitter followers that it would vote against a set of democratic rules.
House Democrats were also frustrated by the fact that Ocasio-Cortez sought to sit on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which is traditionally composed of seasoned legislators, with a grassroots campaign to put pressure on the president. Nancy Pelosi to add to the round table, added Politico. The Ocasio-Cortez office denied being behind the effort.
Recently, Ocasio-Cortez told Politico that she was not interested in supporting progressive candidates against incumbent Democrats, insisting that she was "focused on my work".
His chief of staff also fought back against Democratic House lawmakers who spoke of Ocasio-Cortez to Politico.
"The Democratic Party and the King of England have surprisingly similar reactions to democracy when their own power is threatened," he wrote on Twitter Friday.
Some lawmakers are trying to convince Ocasio-Cortez to use her influence to unite the Democrats, while others warned her that she was heading for a solitary position in Congress if she was treating her more moderate colleagues as enemies, the report said.
Democratic Representative Nydia Velázquez of New York has been a bridge between the Democratic caucus and Ocasio-Cortez, advising the new Congressman in private conversations against the targeting of his fellow Democrats, according to Politico.
Velázquez told Politico that they shared a "long, long conversation" about the dynamics of Congress and Washington and that there should not be a "litmus test" for every district, and advised Ocasio-Cortez to think twice before supporting the main challenges against his colleagues.