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OffbeatOcasio-Cortez Can't Afford D.C. Til Salary Hits

23:41  08 november  2018
23:41  08 november  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress

Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will win her general election race easily and become the youngest woman ever in Congress, CNN has projected. Having turned 29 last month, Ocasio-Cortez will inch out the previous holder of the distinction, New York Democratic Rep. Elise Stefanik, who was elected to Congress at age 30. Ocasio-Cortez defeated New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary election earlier this year. The victory was considered a stunner and helped make Ocasio-Cortez a national political figure. Crowley was the No.

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez is running for Congress to create an America that works for all of us—not just the wealthiest few. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez is an educator, organizer, and working-class New Yorker who has championed the needs of children, families, and working New Yorkers both on the

Ocasio - Cortez went on to slam her critics in the GOP for funding President Trump’s tax cuts, and the country’s foreign wars, while neglecting healthcare and education spending. “When it comes to tax cuts for bills and unlimited war," she said, "we seem to invent that money very easily.”

Ocasio-Cortez Can't Afford D.C. Til Salary Hits© Don Emmert / AFP / Getty Images

Newly elected New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history on Tuesday, becoming the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress as she won a seat in the House of Representatives.

But the 29-year-old said this week that the move to Washington, D.C. will have to wait.

Ocasio-Cortez was famously waiting tables and bartending before stunning former Representative Joe Crowley in the Democratic primaries. And since her congresswoman's salary doesn't kick-in until she actually takes office, that's presented an issue for someone living on a regular person's budget.

Youngest woman elected to Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can't afford an apartment in D.C.

Youngest woman elected to Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can't afford an apartment in D.C. Ocasio-Cortez says she won't be able to afford an apartment until her Congressional salary kicks in.

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez (born October 13, 1989) is an American politician, educator, and political activist. She is the member-elect of the United States House of Representatives for New York's 14th

She has never held elected office. She is still paying off her student loans. She is 28 years old. “Women like me aren’ t supposed to run for office,” Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez said in a viral campaign video released last month. They certainly weren’ t supposed to win.

In an interview with the New York Times published on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez called the transition into becoming a lawmaker "very unusual, because I can’t really take a salary. I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real."

Ocasio-Cortez told the Times that she and her partner had saved and prepared for the logistics of the shift into becoming a congresswoman but that it was still a tough period.

“We’re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January," she told the paper.

When a reporter posted the section of the Times article to Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez responded by saying the reality was representative of the many hurdles for regular folks who want to become politicians.

"There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead," she tweeted. "This is one of them (don’t worry [by the way - we’re working it out!)"

Ocasio-Cortez cruised to victory on Tuesday, the victory largely a formality after winning the primary in a deep blue district. She earned about 78 percent of the vote to Republican Anthony Pappas's 14 percent.

Ocasio-Cortez backs campaigns to replace Dem incumbents with progressives.
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), implored more than 700 attendees of a Justice Democrats strategy call to run for office against incumbent Democrats as well as Republicans in their home districts. 

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