Rising Far-left Democrat Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez was recently left off a powerful House committee assignment after being overwhelmingly rejected by fellow Democrats in a secret vote last week. The vote came as Cortez and fellow Democrat Susan Rice (NY) battled for several weeks, according to sources, for the powerful position.
The vote, which took place Friday, saw Democrats overwhelmingly choose Rep. Rice, 45 to 13, in a secret ballot. The ballot kept Ocasio-Cortez off the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, which dates all the way back to the 1700s, when it was created on December 14, 1795, to oversee energy and commerce-related issues.
The committee oversees almost every aspect of American society, including health care, mental and substance abuse, health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, biomedical research and development, as well as environmental protection issues, to name a few.
The rookie congresswoman has ruffled feathers in her party, as many have complained that her far-left views cost the party seats during the election. Sources told Politico that many viewed her “far-left” policies as a threat to the party, and her “refusal to pay party dues” were rubbing leadership the wrong way.
Another member told Axios that if the vote wasn’t a secret vote, then the outcome might have turned out differently.
The vote comes at a time when AOC has hinted that she is motivated to get into leadership positions in the Democratic Party.
In an interview with the Intercept, she was quoted saying, “well you know, I do think we do need new leadership in the Democratic party. I think one of the things that I’ve struggled with, I think a lot of people struggle with, is the internal dynamics of the House, has made it such that there’s very little option for succession if you will, you know?”