AOC Targets Fellow Dem In the Name Of Fundraising

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 20 October 2021 15:45

In a fundraising email, accusing her fellow Democrat of putting “corporate lobbyists over people,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took aim at Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.

The Monday night email from AOC’s campaign touted her third-quarter fundraising results, with the congresswoman demanding, “Our campaign is proof that we can build powerful, grassroots movements to support and elect people to Congress free of dark money and corporate lobbyists.”

The email also included a tweet from the New York progressive, who wrote, “You don’t have to put corporate lobbyists over people to legislate, fundraise, and win.”

The email went on to classify Sinema as “just one example of many members of Congress who take massive donations from corporate and special interest groups.”

“Alexandria doesn’t spend hours calling corporate donors with deep pockets. Our fundraising numbers are proof to the old guard in Washington that we do not have to prioritize corporate interests over real people in order to run campaigns and win,” the email read.

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Progressives have amped up a pressure campaign against Sinema for her opposition to portions of a massive social spending package that is being negotiated among congressional Democrats and the White House. She was recently confronted by activists in a Washington-area airport, as well as at Arizona State University, where she is a lecturer when immigration activists filmed Sinema and her students in a bathroom.

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Just last week, New York Times editorial board member Michelle Cottle called for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., to leave the Democratic Party and become an independent.

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In a Friday op-ed, Cottle cited the moderate Democrats split with others in her party on major issues related to President Biden's Build Back Better agenda as a reason she should consider leaving and suggested her departure could wind up "being positive for all involved."

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Cottle wrote that progressives remained angry at Sinema over what they viewed as "betrayals" when she decided to oppose an increase in the minimum wage and support maintaining the Senate filibuster rule. She added that Sinema might be on the same path to abandon her "team" altogether, listing past senators who switched parties during their terms.

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"Some have suggested that she’s charting a path out of office entirely. But Ms. Sinema’s better course may be not to leave the Senate but to split with her party. Her departure might even wind up being a positive for all involved," she wrote.

She went on to suggest that Sinema could be an independent senator but still caucus with Democrats, much like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine.

"A split still wouldn’t be easy. The logistics would be a nightmare. And while open relationships often sound great in theory, they can be excruciating to navigate," Cottle wrote. "But Ms. Sinema has a better shot than most at not just surviving such a shift, but becoming a truly independent force to be reckoned with — maybe even a power broker for years to come."

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