Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's campaign fined for not providing workers' comp coverage

(Washington Examiner) Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's campaign was fined $1,500 by NY for failing to provide workers' compensation coverage for a month in early 2018.

Ocasio-Cortez is a self-proclaimed socialist democrat who has claimed higher taxes and wealth distribution are needed.

During this time, campaign staffers were not covered for injuries received on the job.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded on Twitter Thursday evening to former CT senator and 2000 Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman who told Fox Business that he hoped the young congresswoman was not the "future of the party".

"She needs to decide: Does she want to be an effective legislator or just continue being a Twitter star?" a House Democrat who agrees with her on the issues told Politico.

Lieberman said Thursday that she's too "left-left" to help the Democratic Party be a sustainable political powerhouse. "There's a difference between being an activist and a lawmaker in Congress".

"She's new here, feeling her way around", Rep. Kurt Schrader (D., Ore.) said.

The New York State Workers' Compensation Board's website also shows that Ocasio-Cortez's campaign carried two other comp policies with the State Insurance Fund.

Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff hit back at the Democrats quoted in the Politico piece, comparing them to King George III during the American Revolution, and approvingly quote-tweeting a tweet comparing them to people who opposed civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s.

"The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law".

AOC unsheathed the quote from a character created by the British anarchist author in response to a Politico piece about older-guard Democrats' frustration with the outspoken new member of their House.

So no, I don't think Lieberman exactly has his finger on the pulse of the Democratic Party but it's cute that Fox is letting him play.

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