Former Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) took a shot at Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday, saying that he does not “believe” that the freshman firebrand heeded his advice on being one of the youngest members of the House.
Ryan — who served as Speaker of the House from 2015 to 2019 — said that he didn’t “believe” that Ocasio-Cortez “really listened to a word [he] said” on being a young House member while speaking at the annual dinner for Forward Janesville.
“I talked to AOC — everybody calls her AOC … She’s the youngest person now there. I gave her just a few little tips on just being a good member of Congress, new. I don’t think she really listened to a thing I said.”
“Take it easy, just watch things for a while,” the former Speaker continued on to a laughing crowd. “Don’t ruffle any — see how it works first.”
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When Ryan was first elected in 1998 when he defeated Lydia Spotswood with 57 percent of the votes to replace former Rep. Mark Neumann (R-Wis.). At the time, he was the second-youngest member serving in the House of Representatives.
Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to serve in Congress when she won her seat in the 2018 midterm elections, taking the title from her fellow New York colleague Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.). The New York Democrat has made a rather large splash as she enters into her freshman term in Congress.
Her signature legislation — the nonbinding resolution known as the Green New Deal — has been panned on both sides of the aisle, with President Donald Trump saying on Tuesday that he “deserv[ed] to lose” if his 2020 opponent beat him with a platform around the legislation.
Ryan’s quip came the day before the self-described democratic socialist was hit with yet another Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint alleging Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff created an LLC and a network of PACs to avoid disclosing the finances of their campaign and to go around federal fundraising limits, as IJR Red reported.