While most analysts saw the November election as a disappointment for Democrats when it came to the house and losing several seats, progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sees some benefit in the much slimmer majority.
AOC said to the magazine, the Dispatch “the slimmer margin, it cuts both ways.”
She added “it’s tough because we have to make sure that we cobble together a winning majority, but also it’s solid because we’re able to push a little bit more.”
Democrats have lost about dozen seats in the House and now hold a razor-thin majority.
Many even in their own party, blamed socialism and the messaging of “defund the police” a mantra of the AOC-wing of the party.
This week AOC lost out on a prized seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to Rep. Kathleen Rice, a fellow New Yorker.
According to Politico “Rice and Ocasio-Cortez have been battling behind the scenes for weeks to secure one of the few open seats on the exclusive committee, which oversees everything from health care policy to climate issues. Tensions spilled into the open Thursday in a private meeting of the Steering and Policy Committee, where Democrats were forced to choose between the two members in a tense — and awkward — secret ballot vote.”
Rice won the lopsided vote 46-13 and the report claims moderate Democrats openly criticized social media star Ocasio-Cortez.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said on the call “I’m taking into account who works against other members in primaries and who doesn’t.”