WASHINGTON, DC – Voters in New York’s 14th Congressional District, which represents the Bronx and parts of Queens, were shocked and disheartened to learn that the representative they elected to represent them in congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is no longer a poor bartender.
“I was excited to cast my vote for someone working class and low income like me”, explained Tony Moretti, a dishwasher at I Love NY Pizza in the Bronx. “But now I find out she’s quit her bartending job and is now making almost [$200,000] in salary and benefits. It’s disappointing. This is why people don’t trust politicians”.
As a member of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez receives a $174,000 per year salary in addition to healthcare and other benefits.
Queens voter Marisol Lopez also feels a sense of betrayal, saying “I was inspired by AOC’s story of working 18 hour sifts to help her mom avoid foreclosure, and starting her campaign at the taqueria where she worked. The big reason I voted for her because she represents people like me, just trying to scrape by and support my family. But now, she’s abandoned all that for a fancy office and $3,000-a-week paycheck. What a hypocrite!”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has come under fire recently for her extravagant spending, including an all-white designer ensemble worn at the State of the Union Address, complete with jewelry and professional hair and makeup, as well as a $2700 per month apartment in Washington, DC outfitted with high-end Ikea furniture.
While the majority of voters have expressed outrage at the actions of Ocasio-Cortez, some are more supportive, including Vinnie Nguyen of Astoria, Queens, telling BeetPress “this is just proof that if you work hard, anyone can beat a 10-term congressman in the primaries, defeat a republican challenger, become a member of congress, and be seated on the committee on government oversight and reform”.
As of press time, Ocasio-Cortez was seen at a DC-area Starbucks ordering a $4.75 coffee.