A progressive Queens state lawmaker has fired Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for being ‘absent’ and out of touch – accusing the leftist icon of calling off a meeting.
Senator Jessica Ramos, whose western and central Queens district overlaps the AOC’s congressional district and has been an ally, unloaded on the congresswoman after a medical student complained about her cancellation of a health care forum.
“Some of the most respected academics in health policy recently hosted a meeting with the AOC office to discuss NHS-style health care reform,” the medical student said. who uses the Twitter account @jai_lies.
“AOC staff told them bluntly, ‘we’re not doing healthcare right now.'”
The health activist added, “So while she’s doing performative resistance art for the cameras, she’s not doing healthcare right now. We are in the middle of two pandemics and people are still dying because they lack health care. it’s not a fight.
He was referring to AOC being arrested during an anti-abortion protest and simulating his hands being handcuffed behind his back.
Ramos then launched a series of attacking tweets against the congresswoman.
“Maybe if you spent more time in your office and with your team, you would know what is going on. I’m just saying it would be nice if you breathe our air,” said Ramos, who chairs the Senate Labor Committee and is backed by the left-wing Working Families Party. said in a tweet.
“So as an employer, what’s going on with the member of staff who said that?”
Ramos didn’t back down when AOC supporters berated her for her criticism.
“I believe what I see and hear on my streets and in my office building :)”, Ramos said.
When asked if she was jealous, Ramos replied in another tweet“No. I just want my representative in Congress to be there and do his job in the community.
She continued: “The absence of my delegate is not dirty laundry. It’s never been with any other chosen one.
Ocasio-Cortez answered in a tweeted, “So sorry to hear this happened. This is not representative of me or my values.
“If you can connect with details I would appreciate it. I will follow so DMs will be open.
A spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez said they had no record of the supposed meeting.
“Our team has requested additional information from @jai_lies. Based on what he has tweeted so far, we are unable to identify which meeting he is referring to, but we are continuing to review it said spokeswoman Lauren Hitt.
According to House records, it appears AOC is spending time away from his DC office as well as the district office.
He has been asked to vote by proxy via letter to the House Clerk 26 times, including 11 times this year and four in May alone.
That’s more than his fellow Democrats on the New York congressional delegation who also don’t face serious primary competition this election cycle. Representative Adriano Espaillat has asked to vote by proxy a total of 13 times, including six times in 2022.
Rep. Nydia Velázquez submitted 15 proxy voting requests, while Rep. Hakeem Jeffries requested six in total, all filed this year.
Since the spring of 2020, many members of the House of Representatives have cited the “public health emergency” — the waning COVID-19 pandemic — in asking to vote out of the Capitol.
Representative Mondaire Jones, for example, voted by proxy in the summer of 2021 while partying on the French Riviera.