New York state Sen. Jessica Ramos (D) slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) Sunday afternoon on Twitter for allegedly never being “present in the community” that she is supposed to be serving.
The remarks from Ramos, Chair of the New York Senate Committee on Labor, came in response to an exchange that Ocasio-Cortez had online regarding healthcare.
“A couple of the most highly respected health policy academics recently set up a meeting with AOC’s office to discuss NHS style healthcare reform,” a tweet from a random Twitter account stated. “They were told bluntly by AOC’s staff, ‘we’re not doing healthcare right now.'”
“I’m really sorry to hear that this happened. It’s not representative of me nor my values,” Ocasio-Cortez responded. “If you can connect with details I’d appreciate it. I’ll follow so DMs will be open.”
Ramos responded directly to Ocasio-Cortez, writing: “Maybe if you spent more time in your office and with your team you’d know what goes on.”
“Just saying it would be nice if you breathed our air. So, as an employer, what happens with the staffer who said this?” Ramos added.
Ramos responded to criticism of her calling out Ocasio-Cortez by explaining that Ocasio-Cortez’s offices are on the same floor as hers and she is rarely ever there.
“Our district offices are on the same floor in the same building,” Ramos said. “She’s barely ever present in the community. It’s an indisputable fact.”
Ocasio-Cortez made news waves last week after she appeared to fake being placed in handcuffs after she was arrested for blocking traffic by the U.S. Supreme Court during a pro-abortion protest.
Ocasio-Cortez was one of 17 Democrat lawmakers who were arrested “for Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding (DC Code § 22–1307),” the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement
Ocasio-Cortez claimed that what she did was not a “publicity stunt … for a headline” because it was “an activist-led civil disobedience” event. “So why join disobedience at all?” she continued. “Because media cycles go FAST and the attention and urgency on Roe can easily fade. We must keep eyes on the issue. Civil disobedience is a highly effective way of accomplishing that, and it is a trained discipline.”
The other lawmakers that were arrested included Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Madeline Dean (D-PA), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Assistant Speaker of the House Katherine Clark (D-MA), Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI), Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).