If there’s one thing we’ve come to expect from House Democrats since they recaptured control of the House, is how perverse, dysfunctional and void of ethics they are, even among their own members.
The so called party of diversity, now traffics in anti-Semitism, campaign finance violations along with an array of other misdeeds, by an overbearing radical freshmen class, which has virtually seized control away from the Speaker, as demonstrated by the disastrous impeachment folly pushed by the “squad” comprised of the 4-most radical Democrats in the House, namely Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib from Michigan and Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts.
All of them at some point; have shown a distain for the process and an unwillingness to conform to the rules of the House, and to that extent we now witness Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from the Bronx refusing to pay her party’s dues, to the obvious chagrin of career House Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who also abused her oath of office by circumventing and marginalizing the awesome institution of impeachment, for political expediency.
Freshmen member AOC has thus far raised millions of dollars, more than any Democratic member within the House of Representatives, which puts her in a unique position to undercut other Democrats who do not comport with her radical socialist agenda. Even bemused Pelosi finds herself in an extremely tentative position, for not taking control of her caucus at the outset of becoming Speaker, and allowing the young upstart freshmen to wrestle control away from her.
Her stunning declaration to the establishment (and to Pelosi), that she isn’t about to pay her dues is simply another sign of disrespect aimed at the ageing Speaker, who most likely will lose control of the House come 2020.
Obviously the Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), isn’t happy about AOC’s going rogue calling her a “deadbeat” for refusing to pay her party dues, which now amounts to about $250,000
Let’s resign ourselves to that fact. For now, she’s working on building a progressive counterpart to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)—and that is not making a lot of her colleagues happy. One straight-up called her a “deadbeat” for refusing to pay party dues to the DCCC.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairwoman Cheri Bustos attempted to put a “happy face” concerning AOC’s refusal to pay her dues suggesting that the committee fundraising efforts are doing nicely without her.
When asked about AOC’s public stance about not paying, Bustos lamented, “That’s always up to individual members so I guess I don’t think about it one way or another.”
Adding, “We’re raising record amounts of money from our members.”
However, another Democrat was less diplomatic: “Deadbeat Cortez should pay her bills. She’s always whining about people paying their fair share and here she is leaving her friends with the bill.”
AOC’s game plan is to actually oust moderate Democrats from office, and fill those spots with more extremists.
“I want to help frontline members by putting that money straight into their pocket,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Bucking the Democratic Party line, Ocasio-Cortez led online fundraisers for at least two progressives who are trying to defeat sitting Democratic members of Congress.
She solicited nearly $18,000 in donations for Marie Newman, who is taking on current Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, a conservative Democrat who opposes abortion. She also gave Newman an additional $5,000 directly from her campaign account. Ocasio-Cortez also raised nearly $35,000 in online donations for progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros, who is trying to defeat Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas.
The outright purging of fellow Democrats would never have taken place a few short years ago, however, this is a new Democratic Party, being dismantled and restructured in the image of AOC.
AS proof of AOC’s growing power base, all one needs to do is look at the numbers in fundraising.
“While many try to belittle a progressive agenda that centers working people and the public good, in truth it’s more powerful than ever,” Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter Tuesday in response to a tweet about her fundraising. “I haven’t picked up a phone once this year to dial for dollars, and I don’t meet with corp. lobbyists. That is the power of your grassroots support.”
However, the collateral damage by AOC along with the rest of the “squad” may in fact be the House in 2020 flipping back to Republicans.