Ocasio-Cortez gets support from surprising source: Matt Gaetz

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew York man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Omar Funding stopgap would give Congress more time to debate expiring surveillance provisions 'Saturday Night Live' presents Trump impeachment hearings with 'pizzazz' of soap opera 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) GaetzBottom Line Gaetz wants woman who threw drink at him to serve time Schiff told Gaetz to 'absent yourself' in fiery exchange: impeachment transcript MORE (R-Fla.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed 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 PressleyAyanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability 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 JayapalJayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' Progressive House Democrat unveils bill to allow state-based 'Medicare for All' Progressives press Democrats to rethink Israel policy 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.