Freshman Rep. Alexandria Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) State of the Union guest will be Ana Maria Archila, the woman who famously confronted former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in an elevator at the Capitol over his decision to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
According to The Intercept, Archila hails from Queens and is the co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action. She was one of the multiple women who confronted Flake and told him about their personal experiences with sexual assault.
Watch the video below:
Women confront Sen. Jeff Flake after he says he'll vote yes to Kavanuagh: “That’s what you’re telling all women in America, that they don’t matter. They should just keep it to themselves because if they have told the truth you’re just going to help that man to power anyway.” pic.twitter.com/T7fSpyT69E
— CNN (@CNN) September 28, 2018
As IJR previously reported, Flake said the encounter “struck a chord” with him and caused him to rethink his decision to back Kavanaugh. Flake caused a delay in the Senate hearing and compromised with Democrats and Republicans to not take a vote on Kavanaugh until after a short FBI investigation.
Flake eventually voted “yes” to confirm the justice.
Archila received some media attention at the time. She appeared on CNN in September to explain her reasoning behind the encounter.
“I wanted him to be a hero, to show up for his children, for my children, for myself, for Maria, for the women that have been telling our stories, and to vote with his conscience,” she said.
“And I wanted him to — I had gone to his office because I thought he might — he might be willing to take a step that was beyond, you know, kind of the desire of his party,” she added.
Watch the interview below:
Ana Maria Archila, who confronted Sen. Flake in an elevator, says she had a message he needed to hear.
“I wanted him to really stay there and be present and think of the people he loves… And I wanted him to be a hero. To show up for his children. For my children. For myself." pic.twitter.com/hXoF6tvlMR
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) September 29, 2018
The Kavanaugh conversation is now fading. But Ocasio-Cortez is bringing it back with the bold move to bring a controversial figure to the State of the Union on Tuesday and to have her sit in the same room as Kavanaugh and the senators who voted to confirm him.
Ocasio-Cortez teased her guest appearance on Twitter this week, posting a picture of a “well-behaved women rarely make history” pin.
Y’all aren’t ready for NY-14’s #StateOfTheUnion guest!
Here’s a hint: I just picked up this gift for them at our very own Lockwood Shop in Jackson Heights 😉 pic.twitter.com/wSv23WmJ9k
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 2, 2019
Archila told The Intercept she was grateful for Ocasio-Cortez’s invitation.
“I just feel particularly moved that in her first participation in the State of the Union she is inviting me to join and inviting that moment of the elevator, my confrontation with the men who do not understand the life of women and the lives of people who are not in power, that she’s inviting that into the imagination of people again,” she said.