Dem strategist says Ocasio-Cortez won’t be an effective legislator


Democratic strategist Kristen Hawn said on Monday that she did not believe Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) would be an effective legislator. 

“The way she’s going about the legislating process, I don’t think she’s going to be that effective. I really don’t,” Hawn, a senior adviser at Agenda Global, told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.” 

“I would actually pose that she has already had a major defeat. She came out immediately against the pay-go rules being reinstated in the rules package, was soundly defeated behind the scenes when more moderate members of the caucus, including members of the Blue Dog coalition, went to the Speaker and said ‘we have the votes to take this rules package down if you do not include it,’ ” she said. “It was a huge defeat. Nobody’s talking about.”

Ocasio-Cortez was one of three Democrats who voted against a Democratic rules package last week that included the “pay-as-you-go” provision, which requires a point of order against any bill that raises the deficit or reduces a surplus. 

The new rules were approved 234-197. 

Hawn’s comments come after the youngest congresswoman ever elected wrapped up an eventful week in Washington with a “60 Minutes” interview in which she discussed hiking taxes on the wealthy and said there is “no question” that President Trump is racist. 

“There is no question she’s influential. She uses social media in a way that really connects with people. How she is going to be successful legislatively in the House has yet to be seen,” Hawn said. 

— Julia Manchester

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