Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she cant afford Washington apartment before job in Congress starts

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she can\t afford Washington apartment before job in Congress starts

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she cant afford Washington apartment before job in Congress starts

“I have three months without a salary before Im a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real,” Ocasio-Cortez said to The New York Times this week. “Were kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but Ive really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January.”

Ocasio-Cortez told the Times she was able to save money before leaving her restaurant job and planned for time without a paycheck with her partner. But, she isnt being sworn into Congress until early January 2019 — and has to move from New York to D.C. in that time.

The 29-year-old Democrat garnered national attention in June when she won a primary against 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley in one of the biggest upsets in politics this year. 

She will represent New Yorks 14th Congressional district, which covers parts of the Bronx, where she was born, and Queens. 

Connecticut also elected its first black congresswoman. Jahana Hayes, a schoolteacher and first-time candidate, defeated Republican Manny Santos, garnering 55 percent of the vote. In her victory speech, Hayes paid homage to Shirley Chisholm of New York, who, 50 years ago this month, became the nations first black woman elected to Congress.

While some may worry about the politician affording her move, she assured fans shell make the big change just fine after all.

Ocasio-Cortez is widely viewed as an up-and-coming star in the Democratic Party in the wake of her surprise win, fueled in part by her leftist policy ideas, which more closely align with millennial voters than her future congressional colleagues. She believes, for example, in single-payer healthcare and has suggested taxing Wall Street to fully fund public universities. She also supports clean campaign finance, and has said she will not accept corporate donations.

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There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.

I have three months without a salary before Im a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Ocasio-Cortez, 29, told the New York Times. Were kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but Ive really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January.

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“There are many little ways in which our electoral system isnt even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Thursday, “This is one of them (dont worry btw – were working it out!).”

There is just one problem: the new Democratic-led House won’t be seated until January 3 and Ocasio-Cortez quit her job as a bartender to focus on her campaign, so she has no income and no place to live in Washington, D.C.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a leading star in the progressive political movement. Ocasio-Cortez is officially the youngest woman to ever get elected to Congress at 29 years old, and if nothing else, her campaign proves it’s futile and downright silly to dismiss someone’s potential for what they can accomplish based on age alone.

“We’re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January,” the 29-year-old Democratic socialist told the New York Times.

That being said, other twentysomethings (and early thirtysomethings, ahem) need not feel bad about her impressive resume, because she is truly just like the rest of us.

A 2015 Quartz report found the median worth of a member of the House of Representatives was a little over $1 million and over $3 million for a senator.

“And we need to be powerful about it. We need to take this opportunity. This is not the time to negotiate with an administration that systematically and repeatedly violates human rights,” she said. “This is a time for us to have a strong response and to really command the power that we secured tonight.”

Ocasio-Cortez shared the Times article on Twitter and pointed out that “There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.”

However, she urged supporters not to worry as she gets ready to make the move to the nation’s capital.

“She said that she loved working with Joe [Crowley] but that she’s actually always wanted younger women in Congress, and that men tend to run at younger ages and women tend to run at older ages, and that she’s actually very happy to see, you know, some new blood.”

There are many little ways in which our electoral system isnt even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Cant Afford Washington, D.C., Until Congresswomans Salary Actually Hits

Democrats’ rising star from New York City narrowly edged out Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) for the title of youngest-ever woman elected to Congress, as the Iowa Democrat, who unseated Republican incumbent Rep. Rod Blum in Tuesday’s midterm elections, was born in December 1988. Ocasio-Cortez was born in October 1989.


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