Congressman Max Rose (D-N.Y.) isn’t thrilled with the takeover of the Democratic Party by his fellow New York Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
When Ocasio-Cortez first won her Democratic primary in 2018, Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Tom Perez dubbed her “the future of [the] party,” but since she arrived on Capitol Hill, she’s rubbed some of her fellow party members the wrong way, including Rep. Rose.
Watch Rose’s interview:
“This is not the time for milquetoast incrementalism. It just isn’t. With that being said, nothing about what I just said would provide a justification for a massive, socialist economic policy platform. Just not needed. We can have a separate discussion, a separate debate about whether this is the time and whether America needs those types of economic policy prescriptions, job guarantees, housing guarantees, things that on its face sound good but I just do not believe are possible. They’re not economically feasible. There is no need to lie to voters right now. We don’t need a Democratic version of repeal and replace.”
Although Rose is clearly unafraid of criticizing Ocasio-Cortez, other Democrats have been reluctant to vocalize their disagreements with the congresswoman. One key reason so many Democrats are intimidated by the freshman member is that she has vowed to primary Democrats who don’t move along with her democratic-socialist agenda.
This strategy of primarying establishment Democrats worked for her in her defeat of longtime Congressman Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.). Additionally, Justice Democrats — a group Ocasio-Cortez used to be a board member of that is currently facing FEC complaints for dodging reporting requirements — has made it a goal to replace moderate Democrats with those further to the left.
Rose addressed the threats from Ocasio-Cortez and Justice Democrats, claiming that he’s not intimidated by pressure.
“She’s going to keep a list. […] Look, this is very simple because I’m not one to deal in subtleties. I think it is best not to be passive aggressive. If she wants to primary me, if the Justice Democrats want to primary me, I’ll lay out the red carpet. We can settle this at the polls. This is very, very, very simple.”
This is not the first time that Rose has gone against some of the louder members of the freshmen class of Democrats. He also called out Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-N.Y.) after she used anti-Semitic tropes when discussing her opposition to Israel.