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José Andrés offers Ocasio-Cortez a place to stay in DC

Greg Nash

Celebrity chef José Andrés on Friday offered Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) a place to stay in Washington after she previously said she wouldn’t be able to afford D.C. rent until her lawmaker salary kicks in.

{mosads}Ocasio-Cortez originally made the comments about needing her congressional salary to afford a District apartment in an interview with The New York Times.

The progressive future lawmaker clarified on Twitter Thursday that her housing was being worked out, but noted that her struggle is one of “many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.” 

Andréswho was born in Spain, owns restaurants in multiple states and Washington, D.C. He was been politically vocal in recent years, criticizing President Trump frequently and endorsing Bill Nelson (D) in the Florida senate race.  

Andrés’s feud with Trump began during the 2016 campaign, when he backed out of a deal to open a restaurant in the then-GOP candidate’s D.C. hotel over his heated rhetoric on immigration. 

Ocasio-Cortez, who on Tuesday became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, gained national fame in June after her shocking Democratic primary victory over Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), a member of House leadership.

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