Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listens during questioning at a House Oversight and Reform committee hearing on facial recognition technology in government, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez likes to pretend she cares about the people she was elected by, but she consistently proves that she’s not the person she presents herself to be.
Between taking thousands of jobs away from her constituents thanks to chasing Amazon out of New York — something she’s maintained pride for — and being involved in corrupt financial practices, AOC can reasonably be viewed as a fraud. This latest story doesn’t help her image either.
According to the New York Post, calling AOC’s D.C. office doesn’t allow you to reach the office at all, and instead, you hear a message directing you to the website before another recorded voice tells you to call again before saying “goodbye.”
The New York Post reported that they called all 13 representatives in New York and got a live representative every time, with the exception of AOC’s office:
The Post called the offices of all 13 lawmakers representing New York City – even those in high-profile positions like Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler – and a real person answered the call on every occasion, in every office location, except for calls dialed to AOC’s two offices.
An anonymous Democrat aide spoke to the New York Post and exposed a hidden tidbit about AOC and her motives:
“She has no plans to serve the people. That’s why she has no constituent services operation,” one Congressional Democratic aide told The Post. “If you’re a grandma in Queens who needs help with her Medicare and you call AOC’s ‘district office’ you get a recording that tells you to visit the website instead.”
“What kind of elitist nonsense is that?” the aide said. “Shameful, it’s all shameful.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s aides said the reason for this boils down to the volume of calls the congresswoman receives, and that they use a special filtering system that prevents calls from out of state from reaching the office to better serve those who actually are in AOC’s district:
Aides to Ocasio-Cortez say the issue is call volume. Their office deployed a special phone filtering system that blocks callers without New York or DC area codes from even making it through. Such callers get a message directing them to the Bronx Democrat’s website. There’s no option to leave a message.
“With the filter on only DC and New York phone numbers can get through,” spokesman Corbin Trent told The Post, acknowledging that his out-of-state cellphone wouldn’t be able to call the main office. “When you are getting the volume of incoming that we get, the most important thing is to try to filter out some of the volume to get the people you are actually supposed to be here to work for.”
However, other lawmakers who have the same high-profile as Ocasio-Cortez don’t have this problem, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the high-profile members of “The Squad,” such as Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, both who have dominated the news cycle over the past month far more than AOC has.
The Post called AOC’s D.C. office on Monday and went through a series of hurdles before hitting the brick wall of a full message box:
On Monday when The Post called the district office, the voice of the congresswoman greeted the caller.
She goes through the options telling callers to press two “if you’re a constituent of New York’s 14th district.”
A number of options direct callers to her website – or tell reporters to email her communications team.
“For all other questions or to speak to the receptionist, please press three.”
Dialing two and dialing three sends callers to the same place. It’s to a recording of a man saying “sorry to have missed your call. We are either on the other line or away from the phone. Please leave a message after the tone.”
A female recording then says: “I’m sorry, but this mailbox is full. Please try again later.”
While there’s no doubt that AOC receives an inordinate amount of phone calls and messages, her problem isn’t the volume of calls, it’s the volume of staff. The young congresswoman has the least amount of staff when it comes to lawmakers, which is odd, given the fact that her offices are rent-free and she could easily afford them.
A lawmaker can have up to 18 full-time employees and four part-time employees at any given time. Ocasio-Cortez reportedly has 13 staff members and two paid interns.
Why she’s not spending the extra cash to employ more staff to handle the cavalcade of communications coming from Americans is an oddity, given her popularity. It’s hard not to arrive at the conclusion that she’s trying to keep as much cash as she can at the inconvenience of Americans.