AOC Justifiably Blasts Pelosi

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) on Thursday criticized Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) for endorsing Rep. Joe Kennedy (D., Mass.), who is mounting a primary challenge to left-wing incumbent senator Ed Markey.

Ocasio-Cortez highlighted the hypocrisy of Pelosi backing a primary challenger against an incumbent when the Democratic Party has punished progressives for doing the same thing.

“No one gets to complain about primary challenges again,” Ocasio-Cortez said, calling on the¬†Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to reverse the “blacklist” policy it has used against progressive organizations who support primary challengers.

The DCCC has blacklisted organizations that help progressives take on Democratic incumbents, but Ocasio-Cortez used Pelosi’s endorsement of Kennedy to accuse the DCCC of “cherry-picking,” since the party’s leader in the House aligned herself against a Democratic incumbent. Markey is a staunch progressive who sponsored Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal legislation in the Senate, while Kennedy has had the backing of much of the party establishment.

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