Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), the House Democratic campaign chairman, criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Thursday for her comments that the losses in New York were due to the state’s Democratic leadership.
Maloney told the New York Times that Ocasio-Cortez did not actually contribute to the defense of their majority, and did not even support the frontline candidates, outside of providing funds that they did not ask for.
On Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez had blasted New York Democratic Party leadership after the midterm polls had exhibited a right-win turn. Republicans also managed to flip four Democratic House seats in New York, one of which was Maloney’s seat.
Ocasio-Cortez also called for Jay Jacobs, the chair of the New York State Democratic Committee, to resign. However, Maloney responded to Ocasio-Cortez noting her lack of support during the midterms.
He added that throughout the midterms he did not see her helping out at all.
On Twitter, Ocasio- Cortez wrote that Maloney had approached her asking for donations to support swing races, which had been the first thing she did during this term. She added that she had given Democrats more than a quarter of a million and had assisted in many ways throughout the midterms. She added that if Maloney did not know this, that was his fault and not hers.