According to a new report from Politico, Democrat party elder stateswoman Maxine Waters is facing “defiance” from the new progressive wing of the House including media sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
A study by Axios found Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez having more “Twitter power” than nay other Democrat including Barack Obama.
According to an article in the cut, Democrats are scared AOC will “mean tweet” them to her devoted following.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich were among those who spoke to smaller audiences.
California Democrat Katie Porter fought with her over committee procedures. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the Squad of progressive female lawmakers withheld their support from her over the Export-Import Bank. Their staffs have pressed her team to give them more time to weigh in on bills.
The target of these progressive freshmen: not some conservative Republican. It’s liberal icon Maxine Waters, chair of the House Financial Services Committee, who is facing growing dissatisfaction — and at times outright rebellion — from high-profile, left-leaning lawmakers who joined the panel earlier this year.
Some progressives have openly lamented the committee’s leanings toward more moderate, business-friendly Democrats who dominate its ranks — a dynamic largely outside of Waters’ control. Ocasio-Cortez vented at a Nov. 19 hearing on private equity that she was “quite upset” with softball questions that members on both sides of the aisle were tossing at representatives of leveraged buyout firms tied to mass layoffs at companies like Toys “R” Us.
“There’s sometimes been some tensions,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview.
The incidents underscore the challenges that Waters, who is 81 and entered Congress in 1991, and other House leaders face in pulling together a restive caucus that has become increasingly polarized.
To some extent, the tensions were inevitable when the newly elected batch of progressive lawmakers landed spots on the committee in January. They were immediately seen as a threat to moderates and a potential leadership challenge for Waters as she tried to unify her caucus.
Ocasio-Cortez won her New York seat by taking on former Rep. Joe Crowley — then a member of the House Democratic leadership — in the 2018 Democratic primary. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), another member of the Squad, followed the same path when she unseated former Rep. Michael Capuano, who was a senior Democrat on the Financial Services Committee.
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