You probably didn’t hear about this on any of the Mainstream Socialist Media, but Alexandria Cortez, the Representative from New York’s 14th Congressional District got aced out of a prime committee the other day by another New Yorker.
Cortez was trying to get a seat on the rather powerful and prestigious Energy and Commerce Committee. But the 59 House Democrats that decide those things sent her a chilly rebuke, choosing instead by a 46-13 vote Kathleen Rice of the New York 4th District (Hempstead, Long Island).
Now, the “official” word was that AOC didn’t garner enough votes because she spends her time railing how the Democrats in Congress aren’t liberal enough. She doesn’t have the relationships of those on the committee that selects these folks to make a difference. That’s as opposed to Rice, who courted members of the committee and had many flowering seconding speeches during her nomination.
AOC hasn’t said anything publicly about it, but it probably is a partial payback from her attacks on Nancy Pelosi (who sits as chair of this nominating committee). I mean, can you blame Pelosi for not allowing someone like Cortez to be seated on an important committee like this after all of the negative things she’s said about Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer? I would have thought she would have known going in that she had no chance at all of garnering anything of importance.
This is the problem with people on the fringes of both parties. They want to be agents of change, and more often than not they end up being executed. It’s obvious that AOC may have a majority of her district in her back pocket, but she also has to work with members in her own party once she gets to Washington, and not all of them are socialists. You would have thought two years in the DC spotlight would have taught this former bartender that, but apparently that one flew over her head.
In the end, AOC will continue to serve on the Financial Services Committee, and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. And it’s also pretty telling that she probably isn’t going to be replacing Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House anytime soon.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!