Newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) housing nightmare may finally be over.
According to CBS News, celebrity chef José Andrés, who famously refused to open a restaurant in President Donald Trump's namesake Washington, D.C., hotel, has graciously offered her a place to stay in his own home.
"Dear Congresswomen," Andres tweeted, "You have a room, a shower, and a plate on my family table for as long as you may be in need of one."
Dear Congresswomen: you have a room, a shower, and a plate on my family table for as long as you may be in need of one. https://t.co/ZxW5H3sIoI— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 9, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez has been mired in housing difficulty since winning her election last week, publicly fretting that she might not be able to handle the financial burden of spending two months in Washington, D.C., before she receives her first congressional paycheck.
Last week, the newly minted legislator tweeted that, "I have three months without a salary before I'm a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real...We're kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I've really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January."
After an outpouring of offers to help — and a number of people questioning whether she was fit to make financial decisions for the country if she couldn't plan ahead for a couple months' rent — on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez responded that she and her partner are "working it out." Yesterday, The Daily Wire reported that it seems Ocasio-Cortez isn't in dire financial straits (though she's by no means wealthy).
As Fox News reports, “Records show she has more than enough to plunk down on an apartment in the U.S. capital.” Fox News adds that Ocasio-Cortez “reported having between $15,001 and $50,000 in her checking account as of the end of April 2018, according to a Financial Disclosure Report she submitted to the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. The financial disclosure also reveals that she has an investment account valued between $1,001 and $15,000.”
The median rent in Washington, D.C., is around $2700 per month.
But for all his generosity, it seems Andres was just a little too late for Ocasio-Cortez.
"Gracias por su invitación, Señor Andrés," she replied on Twitter. "I should be fine on lodging, though I could never turn down a seat at the family table! Thank you for all that you've done for the people of Puerto Rico and our entire country."