Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) laid into fellow Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for “protesting jobs” as Amazon halted plans on its new headquarters in New York City.
As IJR Red reported, Amazon took with it billions of dollars as it pulled out of placing a headquarters in New York City following anger from members of the Democratic Party.
Among those who were “outraged” over Amazon’s decision— which would have brought up to 25,000 jobs and a $2.5 billion campus it would have developed — was self-described democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez, who later celebrated the announcement that it was pulling out.
Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019
Maloney blasted Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats in opposition, explaining on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” that she is “disappointed” in Amazon’s decision.
The new headquarter’s would have been part of Maloney’s district.
“Twenty-five thousand jobs at $150,000 a minimum for the job. […] They were working with the community on job fairs and the other types of entry-level jobs that they would have,” Maloney said. “[…] We should be really diversifying our base of taxes, our base of businesses, we’re too dependent on financial services.”
Maloney noted that her fellow Democrats are “protesting jobs”:
“It used to be that we would protest wars. Now, we’re protesting jobs? People are complaining about jobs coming? If this had gone through, it would have made overnight New York City the high-tech capital of the East Coast.”
“I’m a progressive, too, but I’m pragmatic,” she added.
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Following pushback from lawmakers representing New York, Amazon announced in a statement on Thursday that it was halting plans.
“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” the company said. “For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term.”
While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.
The head of policy communications for Amazon, Jodi Seth, criticized Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers who are “‘Never Amazon,'” as IJR Red noted.
“If you talk to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it’s ‘Never Amazon,'” Seth said. “If you talk to [New York City Councilman Jimmy] Van Bramer, it’s unions.”
Eric Schiffer, a financial and branding expert — as well as the CEO of two companies, Patriarch Organization and Reputation Management Consultants — told IJR that Ocasio-Cortez and other politicians are only looking through a two-year re-election lens, adding that the benefit would be enormous for tax revenue in the long term.
Schiffer also blasted Ocasio-Cortez’s view on the economy, labeling it “rat poison.”
“I think [Ocasio-Cortez] is a rat poison to the heartbeat of capitalism and for her to be celebrating the lost jobs, thousands of construction and blue-collar jobs that come from building [Amazon’s] headquarters, as well as executive jobs and corporate jobs, steps on the throat of what keeps democracy alive — capitalism, not socialism,” Schiffer said.