Jessica Ramos slams Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated a powerful incumbent, who Ocasio-Cortez said wasn’t spending time in the district.
And now, four years later, Ocasio-Cortez is being accused of doing the same thing, but by a fellow Democrat.
What do you want to know
- Jessica Ramos has complained that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not present in her district
- Ramos and Ocasio-Cortez have offices in the same building in Jackson Heights
- Lawmakers rejecting Ramos’ claims included Zohran Mamdani, Julia Salazar and Tiffany Cabán
- Ocasio-Cortez and Ramos are re-elected in November
On Sunday, Queens State Senator Jessica Ramos took to Twitter and confronted Ocasio-Cortez.
“Maybe if you spent more time in your office and with your team, you would know what is going on. I’m just saying it would be nice if you breathe our air,” Ramos posted on Twitter.
Maybe if you spent more time in your office and with your team, you would know what is going on. Just say it would be nice if you breathe our air. So as an employer, what about the staff member who said that?
—Jessica Ramos (@jessicaramos) July 24, 2022
The Ramos District in Queens includes neighborhoods represented by Ocasio-Cortez in Congress.
Both were elected in a progressive wave in 2018 and have offices in the same building in Jackson Heights.
Ocasio-Cortez has become an international star, especially on the left, with millions of social media followers.
Ramos, who declined an interview request from NY1, complained in subsequent tweets that he had spent years asking to meet with the congresswoman, to no avail.
“I was surprised and confused,” Queens Assemblyman Zohran Mamdani said of the tweets.
He was one of the few local and state officials who took to Twitter to offer a different perspective.
“I’ve had several meetings with Ocasio-Cortez, and I find her to be a partner at different levels of government,” Mamdani said.
Other elected officials expressing a view similar to Mamdani’s included State Senator Julia Salazar and City Councilwoman Tiffany Cabán.
A spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez said the congresswoman last held an outreach meeting in Jackson Heights on July 6.
She also said that Ramos had been invited to a meeting in April, but was not available on the proposed date.
“For someone like the congresswoman, who is a constant target, it’s pretty clear that the right will use her one way or another, because of her status,” said Democratic political strategist Camille Rivera. .
Rivera, who worked for Ramos in 2020, said she was saddened by how the disagreement was made public.
“Whatever triggered it probably could have been addressed not on the ‘Twittersphere,’ because I think it has more ramifications than people really understand,” Rivera added.
In 2020, Ocasio-Cortez faced similar criticism for not having a presence in her district from her main opponent, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.
Ocasio-Cortez is re-elected in November. She is in Washington, DC this week and declined NY1’s interview request.