Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) just got candid about his thoughts on fellow Congressional freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) — and he didn’t hold back one bit.
“I don’t think we are comparable,” he told IJR, quickly shooting down the notion that she’s his Democratic equivalent. “I think the only reason people are comparing us is because we both got famous very quickly. She has an extremely different style. I mean, policy differences are 180, but the style is also 180 and I think that’s pretty obvious.”
While Ocasio-Cortez and Crenshaw both appear to be rising stars within their parties, the former Navy SEAL doesn’t seem impressed by his future colleague’s work ethic already.
“She doesn’t really participate in a lot of the new members’ stuff with Democrats or Republicans,” he said when asked if he’s interacted with her.
Crenshaw then reamed her for sounding the alarm on a supposed lobbyist takeover of Congressional orientation — an event he claims she barely even attended:
“She wasn’t in hardly any of the classes at Harvard, which was the time for us to ask questions and get a feel for each other there. She wasn’t in any of those. I think I saw her in one class. Which is funny because she tweeted complaining about the Harvard classes, about how she thinks there are too many lobbyists. Well, you weren’t even there! I thought that was really funny. Not to mention, for a lot of reasons it was an interesting suggestion by her.”
Crenshaw’s call out comes after Ocasio-Cortez criticized the session from Harvard economists:
Whoah – looks like our Congressional orientation had a lot more lobbyists than we thought.
This is not okay. Lobbyists are not impartial – they are employed to influence legislation.
60+ incoming members were listening to panelists without knowing which were hired lobbyists. https://t.co/hDHagMNAJE
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 7, 2018
This Harvard session has been going on for new Congressmembers since the 70s.
This year we heard things like “the $2T tax cut was great” and “$15 wage is a bad idea.”
No labor reps were there.
Was this a multi-decade, pro-corporate lobbyist project the entire time? https://t.co/TgGR0sR4u4
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 9, 2018
As it turns out, neither she nor the other 60 plus Congressmembers-elect were required to attend this event, as it was put on by a private university and not a mandated part of their orientation — and apparently, she was barely there anyway.