Ocasio-Cortez Campaign Fined for Shorting Staffers on Worker's Comp Coverage

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez  and Rep. Ilhan Omar  join their fellow House Democratic women for a portrait in front of the U.S. Capitol

The effort, described by almost 20 lawmakers and aides, is part carrot, part stick: Some lawmakers with ties to Ocasio-Cortez are hoping to coax her into using her star power to unite Democrats and turn her fire on Republicans.

According to the NYDN, a "Democratic campaign veteran scoffed that "it's not a great look" for Ocasio-Cortez that her campaign received a fine for not carrying workers' compensation coverage". She's repeatedly stated her support for legalization and advocated to fix the harms caused by the War on Drugs.

CNN has reached out to Ocasio-Cortez's spokesperson for comment. So it will be interesting to see if she becomes another champion for marijuana in Congress the same way she's taking on climate change, income inequality and other issues. Rank and file are peeved that there's a grassroots movement to try to win her a top committee post they feel she doesn't deserve.

Ocasio-Cortez shared with her more than 2 million Twitter followers that she'd vote against a Democratic rules package. "She doesn't understand how the place works yet".

"This is basic stuff, especially if you hold yourself out to be the champion of workers", added the Democrat.

"Some moderate Democrats have privately raised concerns that they'll be targeted by the former bartender-turned-progressive icon, whose willingness to challenge her party's establishment propelled her to Congress and the national spotlight", Politico said.

"I think she needs to give herself an opportunity to know her colleagues and to give herself a sense of the chemistry of the body before passing judgment on anyone or anything", Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) said.

AOC unsheathed the quote from a character created by the British anarchist author in response to a Politico piece about older-guard Democrats' frustration with the outspoken new member of their House.

"She's new here, feeling her way around", said Representative Kurt Schrader (D., Ore.).

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