Perdue, Ocasio-Cortez spar on Twitter over Georgia races

Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueGeorgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting Perdue rules out 2022 Senate bid against Warnock Loeffler leaves door open to 2022 rematch against Warnock MORE (R-Ga.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez criticizes opening of migrant facility for children under Biden Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation MORE (D-N.Y.) sparred Saturday over the upcoming Georgia Senate runoffs, with the progressive congresswoman urging Democrats to turn out to vote and the GOP senator pushing the liberal firebrand to go to Georgia and campaign in person.

The back-and-forth began after Ocasio-Cortez this week encouraged supporters in Georgia to vote for the two Democrats running in the Jan. 5 runoffs in order to help the party secure a Senate majority and advance progressive priorities such as a $15 minimum wage and expanded access to health care.

Perdue shared a report about Ocasio-Cortez's remarks, adding, "Our offer still stands - come on down to Georgia, we'll buy your ticket!"


The GOP senator had urged the progressive lawmaker to visit the state last month and campaign for his Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff, telling Fox News then, "I want to buy her ticket. I want her to come."

Ocasio-Cortez fired back on Saturday in a tweet referencing scrutiny Perdue has faced this year surrounding his stock trades during the coronavirus pandemic, something Democrats have hoped will sway the race in favor of Ossoff.


"And what money are you going to buy that ticket with, Perdue? The curiously 'well-timed' stocks you’ve cashed in on while in office?" Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

The Georgia senator pushed back, writing, "I thought 'free' stuff was your thing?"


"Either way, I'm in Georgia talking to voters. We'd love to have you," he added.

Ocasio-Cortez has been campaigning in support of Georgia Democrats over the past several weeks, with her team reporting raising more than $600,000 for outside groups seeking to elect Ossoff and fellow Democratic Senate candidate the Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockGeorgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting Koch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill Lawmakers commemorate one-year anniversary of Arbery's killing MORE, according to Politico.

Additionally, other members of "the squad" of progressive congresswomen — Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarJamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' To address global fragility, we must start locally Omar calls for released Saudi women's rights activist to be allowed to leave country MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibJamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' Democrats urge Biden FDA to drop in-person rule for abortion pill LIVE COVERAGE: Senate opens Trump's second impeachment trial MORE (D-Mich.) — have reportedly worked to boost Muslim voter turnout in the state, including with robocalls, the newspaper reported.

Neither Ossoff nor Warnock backs "Medicare for All," a top priority among those in the party's liberal wing such as Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders has right goal, wrong target in fight to help low-wage workers Democrats in standoff over minimum wage Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack MORE (I-Vt.). Still, progressives have joined efforts to boost the Georgia Democrats as part of a push by Democrats to secure a Senate majority and thereby total control of Congress.

"Bernie Sanders wants there to be a Democratic Senate. If we’re going to see any progress on Joe BidenJoe BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears MORE’s pro-worker economic proposals, we need to have a Democratic Senate," Jeff Weaver, Sanders’s longtime adviser, told Politico.

Democrats would need to win both Senate races in order to hold a majority in the Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisCollins: Biden's .9T coronavirus package won't get any Senate GOP votes House panel advances Biden's .9T COVID-19 aid bill Biden's immigration bill could wreck his majority, but Democrats have opportunity to do the right thing MORE casting tiebreaking votes. However, Republicans would maintain their narrow majority if at least one of the Georgia GOP candidates, Perdue or Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting Lawmakers commemorate one-year anniversary of Arbery's killing Perdue rules out 2022 Senate bid against Warnock MORE, pulls out a win.