Party at Mark’s: US Congressman Offers to Put up DC Newcomers After Rent Complaints

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WASHINGTON – A leader of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing in Congress on Monday extended an invitation meant to reassure new representatives worried about affording Washington rent: “Crash at my place.”

Representative Mark Pocan, co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, spoke at a news conference with about 10 newly elected colleagues including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was caught up in a flurry of media coverage over the weekend after telling the New York Times she would not be able to take on a lease until her government salary kicked in.

Ocasio-Cortez, who at 29 has become the youngest woman elected to the House of Representatives, dismissed the worries, telling the news conference, “I don’t need to move to DC until work starts anyway, and I am really taking this time to relish the last couple of months that I have full time with my communities in the Bronx and Queens.”

A former bartender who stunned her party by taking down a 10-term incumbent in a June nominating contest, Ocasio-Cortez was one of the most visible symbols of a grassroots insurgency that has sprung up across the country during the 2018 campaign.

Pocan, of Wisconsin, tried to assuage concerns about Ocasio-Cortez and any of the other 20 new Democratic members of Congress endorsed by his caucus. They were elected as part of a wave that saw Democrats take a majority in the House for the first time since 2010, while Republicans held the Senate.

“She and everyone is welcome to crash at my place,” Pocan said.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Scott Malone and Cynthia Osterman)

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Screwtape
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How convenient for Pocan that the blue trickle has so many women. I’m sure he’s making sure to wash his bathrobe for meeting with his “guests”. “Alex, let’s meet inside so we can review policy. I’ll even let you use the shower.”

VitoVino
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VitoVino

Ocasio-Cortez was a bar tender. I bet she knows how to party and have fun. Pokem Pocan ain’t so dumb, but he’s flirting with disaster.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

*gasp* are you saying Opportunist-Commie is a disaster? I wait with bated breath for the words of wisdom she delivers.

VitoVino
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VitoVino

Not necessarily her, but in this day and age where accusations fly, and the inside plumbing is constantly accusing the outside plumbing of impropriety, it would be wise not to place oneself in compromising situations.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

#METOO. I.E. he made a move I interpreted as harassment. Funny how the power paradigm shifts.

VitoVino
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VitoVino

Worse than that… “decades ago, after drinking, I (sort of) recall that he tried to kiss me and feel me up. I will omit the fact that I lead him on, I even wanted it, and because I am mad at him for something totally different, will accuse him of… Read more »

Screwtape
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Screwtape

Cynically speaking, we cannot say that O-C is NOT used to compromising situations. She might even encourage it as leverage for future congressional *ahem* positions.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

from today’s edition of The Probing Finger: Rep. Pocan finds a use for the ’78 cargo van parked in his driveway.

Patrick
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Patrick

Hes just hoping that she takes him up on it

Screwtape
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Screwtape

…until he pulls a Harvey Weinstein on her.

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