Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has upended Washington D.C., criticizing Democrats and Republicans alike.
A few days ago, one of her staffers took direct aim at the Upper West Side in an interview with the Washington Post. Legislative assistant Dan Riffle, a former pot activist, said that congressional offices are filled with “careerists” more excited about becoming lobbyists than about changing the world.
“I remember getting to the Hill thinking, ‘The staffers here are going to mostly be activists and idealists.’ Then I got here, and I found out that’s not true at all. These are careerists. These are people who grew up on the Upper West Side and went to Ivy League schools.”
I don’t mean to paint too broad a brush. But these are people who don’t think big and aren’t here to change the world. They’re here because it’s a good, safe, stable job, and this is a good platform to get to K Street. Which is what the vast majority of Democratic Hill staffers do.”
And frankly, there’s plenty of evidence he’s right about D.C. But man, did he have to torch the entire neighborhood to make that point?!
Because no neighborhood in the entire country was more generous to his boss’ campaign, according to data from opensecrets.org. The 10024 zip code gave Ocasio-Cortez $23,166 in the last election cycle, the most of any zip code in the country. The 10025 zip code gave the third-most, at $17,362. The 10023 zip was in eighth place, at $10,397.
And the Upper West Side isn’t even a part of her congressional district!