Ocasio-Cortez gets support from surprising source: Matt Gaetz

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline McCarthy says there will be a peaceful transition if Biden wins Anxious Democrats amp up pressure for vote on COVID-19 aid MORE (D-N.Y.) is getting support for her criticism of a new House Democratic campaign policy from a surprising source: Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzTrump faces tricky choice on Supreme Court pick Florida attorney general scrutinizing Bloomberg paying fines for felons to vote Lara Trump campaigns with far-right activist candidate Laura Loomer in Florida MORE (R-Fla.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE's most vocal supporters.

Gaetz backed Ocasio-Cortez's critique of a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) policy intended to protect incumbents that seeks to prevent consultants from working with Democrats who challenge sitting lawmakers.

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“General elections determine whether your party gets power," Gaetz wrote in a tweet on Monday. "Primaries determine what you’ll use it for. #KeepPrimariesGreat.”

Gaetz was quote-tweeting Justice Democrats, a progressive political action committee that has sought to unseat incumbents and endorsed Ocasio-Cortez and six other House members in the 2018 midterm elections.

 

Under the DCCC policy, introduced in late March, consultants and strategists wishing to be added to a list of approved vendors eligible to work for the DCCC would have to pledge not to work for any candidate challenging a sitting Democratic member of Congress.

The proposal has attracted scathing criticism from Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyEnding the Hyde Amendment is no longer on the backburner Fauci, Black Lives Matter founders included on Time's 100 Most Influential People list Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (D-Mass.), both of whom were elected in the 2018 midterms after defeating a longtime incumbent in the Democratic primary. Other liberal Democrats, including Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalHillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Bipartisan representatives demand answers on expired surveillance programs DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility MORE (D-Wash.), the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus, have also criticized the policy.

Gaetz, despite his conservative politics, has praised Ocasio-Cortez in the past and sought to leverage his social media presence to similar effect, telling Politico “I aspire to be the conservative AOC” in January.

Last week, in a shot at her signature Green New Deal initiative, Gaetz introduced a “Green Real Deal,” a climate plan he said was more realistic and stood a better chance of passage.