Few Democratic voters in the Bronx cast their ballot for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last November because they thought she should be the next big national star in Washington. Few of them voted for her so that she could take a “moonshot” leap at climate change with her so-called Green New Deal. There probably weren’t too many voters who sent her to D.C. so they could read endless stories about her from every adoring left-wing blog on the internet. They voted for Ocasio-Cortez because they thought she was a girl just like them – a neighborhood bartender who worked for a living and understood exactly what kinds of local problems needed to be addressed on the national stage.
Unfortunately, while Ocasio-Cortez’s star continues to rise on the left, her voters back home feel abandoned and ignored.
From the New York Post:
“I thought AOC would be our savior, but that’s not the case,” complained Roxanne Delgado, a local activist who said she has tried for months to get in touch with the congresswoman for help saving an animal shelter and to clean up parks in the district.
Delgado, 40, says she has made numerous calls to Ocasio-Cortez’s offices in Washington and Queens and sent a barrage of tweets after the freshman lawmaker encouraged residents during a recent visit to a Bronx public library to hit her up on social media.
But she’s heard nothing back.[…]
“I want AOC or a representative from AOC to be there,” Anthony Vitaliano, a former cop and Community Board 11 member, said at a Feb. 28 board meeting.
Vitaliano, 78, also wants Ocasio-Cortez to pressure Amtrak to clean up graffiti at property it owns on Tremont Avenue.
Vitaliano told The Post: “She has to address these local issues. Her district is everywhere else in the US. Her heart is not in the Bronx.”
The paper notes that while AOC has made a few cursory tweets about problems in her hometown, her agenda is filled with press appearances, committee meetings that have nothing to do with the Bronx, and various other star-making items. Adding insult to injury, her staff has yet to even find her an office in her hometown, making it ever more difficult for her constituents to reach out and talk to her.
Ocasio-Cortez has lit the millennial Democrat world on fire, and no one can take away from her ability to use social media to her advantage. But her ignorance, inexperience, and arrogance make for a bad combination. Put it all in a blender with her determined lack of attention to the Bronx, and her star might just flame out as quickly as it shot into the sky.