Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), who runs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, has had enough of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as expressed during an interview with the New York Times on Thursday.
Maloney lost his House seat on Tuesday, the first time the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee lost an election.
Maloney blamed his best ally, the media, for Democrats underperforming across New York and also pointed the finger at Governor Kathy Hochul for lack of turnout.
Ocasio-Cortez runs on being an alpha progressive and blamed Democrat leadership for the midterm results. Maloney said, “The last time I ran into A.O.C., we were beating her endorsed candidate two to one in a primary, and I didn’t see her one minute of these midterms helping our House majority.”
“So, I’m not sure what kind of advice she has, but I’m sure she’ll be generous with it,” Maloney added. “But let’s be clear, she had almost nothing to do with what turned out to be an historic defense of our majority.”
“Didn’t pay a dollar of dues,” he acknowledged. “Didn’t do anything for our frontline candidates except give them money when they didn’t want it from her.”
“There are other voices who should be heard, especially when suburban voters have clearly rejected the ideas that she’s most associated with, from defunding the police on down,” Maloney suggested. “She’s an important voice in our politics. But when it comes to passing our agenda through the Congress, or standing our ground on the political battlefield, she was nowhere to be found.”
The young progressive is a member of the “squad,” a Democratic faction in the House that added four new members this election cycle.
AOC hit back at Maloney saying, “S.P.M. courted me for donations to swing races & it was the 1st thing I did this term,” she said. “Over a quarter million for Dems this cycle, DCCC facilitated some & now he denies it. – If he isn’t aware of my visit to C.A. & efforts we put in, that’s on him.”
“What I love about his claim that we gave frontline members’ donations they didn’t want’: a) the VAST majority were good w/ early financial support to position themselves early b) for the few who didn’t want our help + got it, where do you think we got the $ info to give? DCCC!” she tweeted. “As for him ‘not seeing me’ – perhaps it’s because he as a party leader chose not to see nor value prominent members of his party for years.”
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