Opinion: AOC's time in Congress is more tumultuous than anyone could have expected


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    Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not doing herself any favors, nor making many friends during her first year in Congress.

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    She’s frequently clashed with members of her own party, and understandably so.

    So far:

    • She’s attacked Democratic leadership for not giving her House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis subpoena powers.
    • According to reports, she and her now chief of staff have called on activists to primary incumbent Democrats multiple times. Including as recently as last week in opposition to a background checks bill that would empower Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
    • And AOC even publicly opposed the Democratic “rules package” during her first week in office.

    It would be one thing if she were experienced, an expert on her own party’s platform, or even practiced what she preaches. But according to a recent FEC complaint, her own chief of staff allegedly used a complex series of transactions to skirt federal election law. All this while AOC has railed against these kinds of campaign finance practices.

    Here’s the bottom line: AOC’s rise to prominence illustrates a weakness and lack of real leadership within the Democratic Party. Her stint in Congress has been far more tumultuous than anyone could have expected.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

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