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Jessica Ramos Accuses AOC of Being Absent From District, But Cabán and Mamdani Come to Congresswoman’s Defense

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (L) and State Sen. Jessica Ramos

July 25, 2022 By Christian Murray

State Sen. Jessica Ramos took a shot at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday in a flurry of tweets accusing the congresswoman of being absent from the district.

The tweets were sparked by a medical student who took to Twitter to criticize the congresswoman for not meeting with health policy experts to discuss socialized medicine. The student said that an AOC staffer said: “We’re not doing healthcare right now.”

The congresswoman apologized in her response and said: “I’m really sorry to hear that this happened. It’s not representative of me nor my values” and said her DM’s were open.

But the obscure exchange prompted Ramos to weigh in.

“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,” Ramos tweeted at AOC.

Ramos, whose western Queens district overlaps with AOC’s, doubled down as many AOC followers questioned her accusation.

“Our district offices are on the same floor in the same building. She’s barely ever present in the community. It’s an indisputable fact.”

She then accused AOC of not meeting with local officials and said that she gave up texting her.

The accusations were similar in nature to what AOC targeted Joseph Crowley with when she defeated him in the 2018 primary.

But two local officials in Astoria both came to AOC’s defense and tweeted that AOC is accessible and helpful.

Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani disputed Ramos’ allegations.

“As a local elected official in @AOC’s district, this just isn’t true. I have met with her multiple times, she was a critical part of our @NYTWA victory, and she has been a partner at every level of politics. Astoria is all the better for having her represent us.”

Meanwhile, Councilmember Tiffany Cabán also viewed AOC as responsive and accessible.

“I gotta be fair here. Real talk this hasn’t been my experience at all. From being able to communicate & work with my Congressperson directly to our teams working closely on policy, organizing and a lot more, me and my neighbors have benefited a lot from the mutual collaboration.”

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Bill

Does anyone think that AOC is in congress to represent the needs of Astoria? Of course not. She is there to seek a “progressive” agenda for the nation and promote her own political future. I see she is now showing up in polls for the 2024 Democratic nomination for president. AOC rejoices… Astoria… who cares, simply the means to an end!

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Anonymous

They’re both falling in line with defending her. What did you expect since she funded their election….all are carpetbaggers who have their own agenda above everyone else’s. This new crazy socialist is beating the same drum that aoc was using to win and get her attention. They’re all dangerous worthless and incompetent and need to go away and be voted out.

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Anonymous

This brings to mind the Amazon unionization rally last year where AOC was expected to march with the protestors but apparently cancelled at the last minute, letting them down. I have seen many politicians attend events in Astoria like street fairs and concerts – Chuck Schumer, Carolyn Maloney, Eric Adams, etc. I have never seen AOC in person our neighborhood.

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Pat Macnamara

Imagine that-a useless Progressive Democrat calling out and even more useless Progressive Democrat! The BLUE WAVE IS WORKING ! Meanwhile crime is out of control, homeless everywhere, streets are filthy, people are broke, and rents are through the roof. Amazing PROGRESS! Keep it up!

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