Welcome to The AOC

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Instagram)

“The AOC,” is a new feature that will attempt to compile and chronicle happenings in the life of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, the youngest Member of Congress, democratic socialist, social media master blaster, Twitter assassin, Instagram gangsta and Queen of all media. Like the TV-series, The O.C., this column will chronicle the saga of a socialist twenty-something from the wrong side of the political tracks — who is thrust into the wealthy, back-stabbing, pretentious swamp of Washington, DC — seeking to forever change the lives of DC denizens and Americans across the country.

Some of the coverage will be tongue-in-cheek yet will offer AOC’s Bronx/Queens constituents a place to see right-wing pundits, newsmakers and media outlets obsession with their novice lawmaker. Today’s edition will look at reaction to AOC’s appointment to the influential Financial Services Committee chaired by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), her Twitter throwdowns with ex-Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and ex-Senator Joe Liebermann and other things AOC.

On Tuesday, news leaked that Ocasio-Cortez had secured a spot on the House Financial Services Committee, a panel that oversees the financial services industry. The Financial Post added that other newly-elected progressives Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Katie Porter (D-CA) would be joining AOC on the prestigious panel.

But the sheen may come off of that committee assignment as NBC News reports “exclusively” that AOC appears prominently in a promotional video for Justice Democrats, the grassroots group that backed Ocasio-Cortez’s 2018 upstart run against then-Rep. Joe Crowley, where she shares lessons from her campaign to help boost a new recruitment drive for progressive insurgents called #OurTime. Oh boy, it seems that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez could to read Dale Carnegie’s book, “How to Win Friends & Influence People.”

But Norman Solomon, at the progressive news site Common Sense, supports Ocasio-Cortez’s push for progressive primary challenges against “the corporate Democrats who dominate the party’s power structure in Congress should fear losing their seats because they’re out of step with constituents.”

A week after ex-Senator Liebermann tweeted his hope that Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the “future of the Democratic party” and getting “owned” by AOC (“New party, who dis?“), Scott Walker thought he’d have better luck going after her call for a 70 percent income tax on uber-wealthy Americans. Needless to say Walker, too, went down in flames.

Of course, other news outlets had a field day with the Walker-AOC dustup.

Last Saturday, ABC 7 News reported that Ocasio-Cortez has become a prime “fake news” target for her detractors, mainly conservatives, on the internet.

The NY Post posted this video report saying “Ocasio-Cortez slams right-wing sites over her ‘fake nude photo'”

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