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Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) is warning new Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez slams 'disgusting' right-wing site for publishing fake nude photo Hundreds of environmental groups pressure Congress by backing Green New Deal Trump: 'Surprising' if I don't declare national emergency for wall MORE (D-N.Y.) to rein in her criticism of fellow Democrats, saying she shouldn’t “attack your own people.”
“I’m sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there’s almost an outstanding rule: Don’t attack your own people,” Cleaver told Politico. “We just don’t need sniping in our Democratic Caucus.”
“She needs to decide: Does she want to be an effective legislator or just continue being a Twitter star?” another House Democrat told Politico. “There’s a difference between being an activist and a lawmaker in Congress.”
The Hill has reached out to Ocasio-Cortez’s office for comment. The representative declined through her staff to be interviewed for the story in Politico, which interviewed a number of Democrats about her.
Ocasio-Cortez was elected to Congress after defeating former Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleySotomayor inspired Ocasio-Cortez to wear red lipstick, hoops to swearing in Ocasio-Cortez says she wore all white to swearing-in to honor suffragette movement 7 heartwarming moments in 2018 politics MORE (N.Y.) in a huge upset in a Democratic primary.
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