Following a call-out by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blaming Democratic leadership in New York for the party’s losses, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) slammed Ocasio-Cortez saying she “Didn’t do anything.”
Maloney, House Democratic campaign chairman, told the New York Times in an interview published on Thursday (November 10) that Ocasio-Cortez had “almost nothing to do with what turned out to be an historic defense of our majority.”
He added that Ocasio-Cortez hadn’t paid a “dollar of dues” and didn’t lend support to frontline candidates beyond giving them money they didn’t want from her.
Maloney, who lost his seat to a Republican candidate, made the statements after Ocasio-Cortez criticized New York’s Democratic leadership.
Ocasio-Cortez posted her criticism to Twitter after New York shifted increasingly Republican after Election Day, which included Democrats losing four seats to Republicans.
In her criticism, Ocasio-Cortez blamed New York Democrats for not passing a measure to protect the state from GOP-leaning redistricting and called for Jay Jacobs, chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee, to resign.
Maloney questioned Ocasio-Cortez’s involvement with helping Democrats hold onto their House majority, saying he hadn’t seen her help “one minute of these midterms.”
The Democratic Lawmaker continued his stinging criticism of Ocasio-Cortez, saying he didn’t know “what kind of advice she has” but is sure “she’ll be generous with it.”
Taking to Twitter on Thursday night, Ocasio-Cortez responded to Maloney’s claims, saying he courted her for donations to swing races, noting donating was one of the first things she did.