Ocasio-Cortez will find it difficult to transition from campaigning to governing, says GOP strategist

Conservative strategist Mattie Duppler on Wednesday said that Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) will struggle to make the transition from campaigning to governing when she takes office in January. 

"I think that [Ocasio-]Cortez is going to find it very difficult to make the transition from campaigning to actually governing," Duppler, founder and president of Forward Strategies, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising."

He also pointed to the difficulties House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiWhy Omar’s views are dangerous Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot MORE (D-Calif.) might have dealing with a more progressive caucus if she becomes Speaker in the next Congress, when Democrats will have the House majority. 

"The question that's, of course, going to be for Nancy Pelosi is how does she handle a whole caucus of people like this? That is going to be a challenge for her," she continued. 

"There are a lot of traditional levers that people in leadership, like Nancy Pelosi, if she becomes speaker, can use," she said. "Nancy Pelosi, of course, is a prolific fundraiser. That is usually something that leadership can use to get members who are otherwise a little wily to stand in line, but because [Ocasio-]Cortez has really found her niche and established herself as a mouthpiece for this new progressive wing of the party, I don't know how Pelosi will be able to flex that muscle without alienating some of those people as well."

Duppler is also a senior fellow for fiscal policy at the National Taxpayers Union and a former House Republican leadership aide.

Her comments come one day after Ocasio-Cortez joined 150 youth climate change activists on Tuesday for a sit-in at Pelosi's office.

Pelosi said in a statement that she was "inspired" by the enthusiasm of the youth activists.

“We welcome the presence of these activists, and we strongly urge the Capitol Police to allow them to continue to organize and participate in our democracy,” she said in a statement.

Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most prominent faces of the new House majority. 

The self-described democratic socialist will be serving her first term in elected office and comes from a background as an activist and an organizer for Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders to sign pledge affirming he will run as a Democrat Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Drug pricing fight centers on insulin | Florida governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems blast proposed ObamaCare changes Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon MORE's (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential campaign.

— Julia Manchester