It started when Joe Lieberman, Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore's running mate in the 2000 election who retired in 2013 after serving 24 years as U.S. Senator from CT, was asked if the far-left Ocasio-Cortez represented the future of the Democratic party in an interview with Fox Business Network.
Politico reported on the effort to rein in Ocasio-Cortez, described by some 20 Democrat lawmakers and aides as "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".
"New party, who dis?" She's repeatedly stated her support for legalization and advocated to fix the harms caused by the War on Drugs.
Much to the surprise of her new colleagues on Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez has not backed down on pushing for these ideas.
The self-proclaimed Democratic socialist has been portraying herself as a champion for workers' rights.
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"This is basic stuff, especially if you hold yourself out to be the champion of workers", the campaign operative said.
The 29-year-old, who shockingly bested incumbent New York Rep. Joe Crowley in a June Democratic congressional primary, was recently in the news for giving a wild response to President Donald Trump's Wednesday Oval Office address to the nation. But after the story published, she responding to the report on Twitter Friday, writing, "To quote Alan Moore: 'None of you understand".
But in a new Politico report, some of Ocasio-Cortez's fellow Democrats similarly expressed a distaste for her bucking tradition and speaking straight when asked pointed questions, regardless of whose feathers are rustled.
There is a stark contrast between Ocasio-Cortez's style and freshman congressman Dan Crenshaw's (R-Texas) as both of their names have been in the media several times.
"I'm focused on my job", Ocasio-Cortez said.