Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Makes Bold Debut In Washington

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history in the recent midterm elections by becoming the youngest woman elected to Congress in history. Ever since her improbable primary victory against Democratic insider Joe Crowley, Ocasio-Cortez has dominated headlines with her bold political vision and charisma.

Not all the attention has been positive, however. Fox News has ridiculed Ocasio-Cortez for being unable to afford rent in Washington D.C. until she begins receiving her congressional salary. The far-right in general finds the progressive upstart intimidating; as a young female of color, she certainly stands out from the predominately white and male Republican leadership.

If her first few weeks in the country’s capital are any indication, Ocasio-Cortez is indeed the face of a new brand of elected official. She joined a protest at Nancy Pelosi’s office organized by young environmentalists and came out swinging against the tax giveaway to Amazon for the company’s placement of its HQ2 in Queens, a neighborhood inside Ocasio-Cortez’ district.

So far, she has only lived up to her promises. It certainly looks like her electorate and progressives across the country can expect a lot more from her in the year to come.

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