AOC and Ted Cruz.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Screen grabs via Fox Business and Cruz’s Twitter page.

Who saw this one coming?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) weighed in on Twitter today on the issue of former members of Congress becoming lobbyists. She doesn’t like it and wants the practice stopped – for good:

Not long after she tweeted that, she received support from an unexpected source: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). In response to her tweet, Cruz said:

Then a rare collegial back and forth of sorts ensued:


Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz (HI) also expressed support:

And Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX-21) signed on:

Sarah at Twitchy notes that there is all kinds of confusion on Twitter between conservatives and liberals on this but that it looks like everyone is rolling with it (for now).

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Rumors are swirling that Ocasio-Cortez plans on endorsing Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (MA) presidential candidacy. Why is that relevant to this story? Because Warren has already proposed a Congressional lobbying ban that is quite expansive:

Other lawmakers have expressed the concerns as Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez, most notably presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

She introduced a bill that includes a lifetime ban on lobbying by former lawmakers, presidents and top executive branch appointees.

(See more on Warren’s proposed legislation via Reason)

Is this a backdoor way for self-described Democratic socialist AOC to help the uber-liberal Warren earn some rare bipartisanship credibility alongside the solidly conservative Cruz? Or does Cruz himself have an ace up his sleeve?

Stay tuned…

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