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Thu Dec 10, 2020, 12:59 PM

AOC's Old-Fashioned Machine Politics

Democrats could learn not only from her social-media skills but also from her constituent services.

Some constituents of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez actually got something out of politics this year beside a barrage of campaign advertisements: With a sliver of the almost $19 million that she raised on her glide to re-election, AOC bought and gave away 200 Thanksgiving turkeys.

Turkeys are reminiscent of New York’s Tammany Hall, which used to deliver birds, along with coal and other useful things, to Democratic constituents. Much of AOC’s New York City district is poor. If government is hobbled, and mediating institutions like political parties and unions (another traditional source of holiday turkeys) are diminished, constituent needs go unmet. That’s both challenge and opportunity.

“The Congresswoman believes that when a larger federal response fails, as it has with Covid-19, we have a responsibility to think creatively about what we can do with others in our community to meet the needs of our constituents,” said Ocasio-Cortez campaign spokesperson Lauren Hitt in an email. Hitt said AOC campaign volunteers and donors made 200,000 community check-in calls, delivered 80,000 meals, distributed 100,000 masks and recruited more than 11,000 tutors for students in remote learning.

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-12-09/aoc-engages-in-old-fashioned-machine-politics?fbclid=IwAR3MjY7SRxOc1IzYwZGw6y3YAn4N1C97caJdF9Dya1s7Hagdv1N1ye4qo9I

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Voltaire2 Dec 2020 OP
Greybnk48 Dec 2020 #1
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sboatcar Dec 2020 #3

Response to Voltaire2 (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 01:05 PM

1. She's what we need.

WE don't need pols giving out favors and tax breaks to the wealthy, we need them doing reality based helping like this.

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Response to Voltaire2 (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 01:16 PM

2. A turkey in every pot and a VW minibus in every garage.

Seriously, the work AOC's helpers are doing in their community is admirable...

AOC campaign volunteers and donors made 200,000 community check-in calls, delivered 80,000 meals, distributed 100,000 masks and recruited more than 11,000 tutors for students in remote learning.

If only every town in America had this degree of civic pride, we would not be so divided.


KY..........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 01:23 PM

3. Is the minibus to guarantee you'll be spending most of your time at home fixing it?

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