Ocasio-Cortez gets support from surprising source: Matt Gaetz

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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 PressleyThere's no such thing as a free bus Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Tlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech 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 JayapalBand Portugal. The Man to join Sanders at campaign event in Tacoma Bloomberg builds momentum on Capitol Hill with new endorsements House Democrats' immigration bill would use tax dollars to import crime to America 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.