New York State Senator Jessica Ramos referred to as out Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for being “absent” in the neighborhood.
Twitter consumer @jai_lies tweeted that well being coverage lecturers requested to satisfy with Ocasio-Cortez, who represents components of Queens and the Bronx in Congress, to debate healthcare however had been informed the Congresswoman is “not doing healthcare right now.”
As Ocasio-Cortez apologized for the interplay, tweeting again that it’s “not representative of me nor my values,” however Ramos responded with criticism of her—revealing a rift amongst progressive lawmakers representing New York City.
Ramos has lengthy been thought of an ally of the Congresswoman. Like Ocasio-Cortez, Ramos efficiently unseated a extra average Democrat in 2018, and her Queens district comprises components of Ocasio-Cortez’s Congressional district.
“Maybe if you spent more time in your office and with your team you’d know what goes on. Just saying it would be nice if you breathed our air. So, as an employer, what happens with the staffer who said this?” Ramos tweeted.
She continued to criticize Ocasio-Cortez in a collection of different tweets, the place she mentioned she has not spoken to her in months.
In one tweet, Ramos wrote that she reached out to Ocasio-Cortez after a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters rioted on the United States Capitol constructing on January 6, 2021—however by no means heard again.
“I gave up texting her a while back, and as petitioning unfolded, I reached out through staff and requested a meeting. I have not spoken to my congressperson in months. Maybe more than a year? What else is it I’m supposed to do?” Ramos tweeted.
In different tweets, Ramos alluded to Ocasio-Cortez criticizing former Representative Joe Crowley—who she defeated in a 2018 main problem—for not spending sufficient time within the district.
“Respectfully, she ran on breathing our air. I do see the other neighboring congressional representatives quite often. I’ve met w Meng and others. Seems there’s different standards for folks. We’ve been through some bad crises and never a phone call. I’ve tried many times,” she tweeted.
In an announcement to Newsweek, Lauren Hitt, an Ocasio-Cortez spokesperson, wrote that she final held an outreach occasion in Queens on July 6 and has held six city halls, along with different occasions, in 2022.
Ocasio-Cortez has additionally seen Ramos at a May Day rally and at a petitioning occasion, and her workplace supplied Ramos a gathering throughout her April work interval that didn’t work for Ramos, Hitt wrote.
Other New York elected officers got here to Ocasio-Cortez’s protection.
“I gotta be fair here. Real talk this hasn’t been my experience at all. From being able to communicate & work with my Congressperson directly to our teams working closely on policy, organizing and a lot more, me and my neighbors have benefited a lot from the mutual collaboration,” tweeted New York City Councilor Tiffany Cabán.
Newsweek reached out to Representative Ocasio-Cortez and state Senator Ramos’ workplaces for remark.