Representative Mark Pocan, co-chairman of the Congressional
Progressive Caucus, spoke at a news conference with about 10
newly elected colleagues including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who
was caught up in a flurry of media coverage over the weekend
after telling the New York Times she would not be able to take
on a lease until her government salary kicked in.
Ocasio-Cortez, who at 29 has become the youngest woman elected
to the House of Representatives, dismissed the worries, telling
the news conference, "I don't need to move to DC until work
starts anyway, and I am really taking this time to relish the
last couple of months that I have full time with my communities
in the Bronx and Queens."A former bartender who stunned her
party by taking down a 10-term incumbent in a June nominating
contest, Ocasio-Cortez was one of the most visible symbols of a
grassroots insurgency that has sprung up across the country
during the 2018 campaign.
Pocan, of Wisconsin, tried to assuage concerns about Ocasio-Cortez
and any of the other 20 new Democratic members of Congress
endorsed by his caucus. They were elected as part of a wave that
saw Democrats take a majority in the House for the first time
since 2010, while Republicans held the Senate.
"She and everyone is welcome to crash at my place," Pocan said.
(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Scott Malone and
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