Over the weekend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was called out by a fellow progressive for being “absent” from her home district.
The call-out came after a Twitter user claimed that Ocasio-Cortez’s office canceled a meeting with “a couple of the most highly respected health policy academics,” adding that the lawmaker’s staff said, “‘we’re not doing healthcare right now.'”
On Sunday, in response to the tweet, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “I’m really sorry to hear that this happened. It’s not representative of me nor my values. If you can connect with details I’d appreciate it. I’ll follow so DMs will be open.”
After Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, state Senator Jessica Ramos whose district overlaps with AOCs, chimed in, lambasting the Congresswoman for not being present.
“Maybe if you spent more time in your office and with your team you’d know what goes on. Just saying it would be nice if you breathed our air. So, as an employer, what happens with the staffer who said this?” Ramos tweeted.
She then followed this statement by saying, “Our district offices are on the same floor in the same building. She’s barely ever present in the community. It’s an indisputable fact.”
As Twitter users responded to Ramos’s call out, the New York senator doubled quantified AOC’s aloof behavior, revealing that she hasn’t spoken to Ocasio-Cortez in over a year.
When one user suggested Ramos was only tweeting a scathing rebuke of AOC because she was jealous, she replied, “Nah. Just want my congressional representative to be around and do their job in the community.”