Ocasio-Cortez: Serving In Congress ‘Is Really About Organizing’

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave a puzzling answer to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes during an interview on Friday night.


Hayes began by speculating about Ocasio-Cortez’s chances come the November election, saying, “I think you’re going to win. That’s a prediction I’m making.”

Hayes then characterized Washington, D.C. as “broken and polarized,” inquiring as to how Cortez intends to “storm the gates” as an outsider. “What’s your plan here?” he asked.

“Well, I think a lot of it has to do with changing our strategy around governance. There’s a lot of inside baseball and inside the beltway. You always hear that term thrown around, but there are very few organizers in Congress,” Cortez replied.

Cortez persisted in her theme of being an organizer in Congress, claiming, “I do think that organizers operate differently. It’s a different kind of strategy. What it is, is really about organizing and really thinking about that word, organizing, segmenting people, being strategic in their actions in really bringing together a cohesive strategy of putting pressure on the chamber instead of only focusing on the pressures inside the chamber.”

“That’s a really interesting thought,” Hayes concluded.

Ocasio-Cortez is the Democratic candidate seeking to represent  New York’s 14th Congressional district after stunning incumbent Joseph Crowley.

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