Opinion| If there’s one thing we know about New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it’s that she’s from the Bronx. She’s made that very clear, even boasting her own made-up nickname, “Alex from the Bronx.”
The problem with her constantly bragging about her “street cred” is that she hasn’t been seen around her “hometown” recently, according to a recent New York Post report.
“She may be America’s most famous freshman congresswoman, but in New York, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a virtual ghost,” reported the Post. “She has no district office and no local phone number, unlike the state’s three other freshman members.”
She report continued, “And it’s unclear whether the 29-year-old lawmaker, who represents the Bronx and Queens, actually still lives in the Parkchester neighborhood that has been so closely tied to her rise — even though she won her upset victory over fellow Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley with accusations that his home in Virginia made him too Washington-focused to serve his district.”
Since 2012, the freshman congresswoman claimed a Parkchester home as her personal residence. The home belonged to her deceased father, however, the Washington Post was unable to turn up any evidence that Ocasio-Cortez spends any time there at all.
The person living next door to the house says that they’ve never even seen Ocasio-Cortez there. Numerous local businesses, which includes the town’s local grocery store, states that they, too, have never seen her. Workers from a local taqueria explained that they have seen her, but only when she’s participating in photo opportunities with the media.
“A postal worker who delivers mail to the building said that in the last 10 years, he has only seen Ocasio-Cortez intermittently, and that several months’ worth of mail regularly accumulates in the mailbox before anyone bothers to collect it. The worker said that Ocasio-Cortez and (boyfriend Riley) Roberts were the only ones getting mail at the address,” the Post reports.
“Just because their names are on the box doesn’t mean they live there,” he explained to the Post.
In a follow-up story that was published on Sunday, the Post reported that Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, stated that the freshman congresswoman had moved residences to a new apartment which is located “a block and a half away.”
He did not give the address.
I still live in my hood and literally instagrammed from my apartment tonight. A man was just arrested last week with a stockpile of guns specifically trying to kill me & others, so yeah I’m not gonna disclose my personal address or tell people when I move. Sorry!
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 25, 2019
“I still live in my hood and literally instagrammed from my apartment tonight,” she tweeted. “A man was just arrested last week with a stockpile of guns specifically trying to kill me & others, so yeah I’m not gonna disclose my personal address or tell people when I move. Sorry!”
If this only happened earlier in the month, why have her neighbors not seen her for years?
Western Journal reports of the matter:
This isn’t the first time questions have arisen about the Ocasio-Cortez’ residency — she’s apparently even had them herself. The Post noted that she had actually filed paperwork to run in the neighboring congressional district, New York District 15, before she got the right one. That’s an error Joe Crowley probably wishes would have gone uncorrected.
There’s also the fact that Ocasio-Cortez has yet to open up a local district office, a fact that she blames on the landlord for her predecessor attempting to double the price of the lease.
Unfortunately, there’s actually not much that can be done so long as Ocasio-Cortez actually lives in the state.
Here’s what the Constitution says about requirements for serving in the House of Representatives: “No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.” (Emphasis added.)
It was reported by The Washington Post in June of 2017 that during the last Congress, at least 21 representatives were found to have been registered to vote outside of their own district.
It seems that Ocasio-Cortez is all about her image, and not so much about actually being a part of her community.
Originally, staffers declined to comment when the Post contacted them, however, they seemed to change their tune.
“On Saturday night, a staffer promised a Post reporter that Ocasio-Cortez would talk to him after a speaking event in Corona,” the Post reported. “During the event, two staffers were seen reading an early edition of this story on their phones.”
“’Come downstairs, I have to take a picture quick,’ the congresswoman then told the reporter after the event, instructing him to wait for her. Twenty minutes later, she ducked out a back door, jumped into a chauffeured SUV, and zoomed off.”