The chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – the Democrats’ campaign arm in the House of Representatives – won’t answer if she thinks Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is good for her party.
Per the Daily Caller:
A news anchor asked Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), four times on CNN whether Ocasio-Cortez was “good for the Democratic caucus.” She declined to give a “yes” or “no” answer each time.
Ocasio-Cortez is currently feuding with the DCCC over her refusal to pay $250,000 in fundraising dues to the committee, which aims to help Democrats in House races across the country.
The division between Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic leadership was evident in Bustos’s interview Sunday morning. “Is she good for the Democratic caucus in the House?” CNN host Victor Blackwell asked Bustos, who proceeded to dodge the question.
“She has a lot of followers. I have respect for her,” Bustos said.
When pressed three more times, Bustos declined to give an explicit yes or no answer, striving to be diplomatic, at least in public.
It’s entirely possible Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s district could be eliminated during redistricting following the 2020 census, an unmistakable signal that, at least, some of the party’s senior members are growing increasingly exasperated by her uncompromising stances.