Ocasio-Cortez Criticized After Failing to Provide Workers’ Compensation Coverage

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-N.Y. in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 2018. MUST CREDIT Bloomberg

The campaign of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a champion of progressive policies and supposed advocate of the working class, has been fined for not carrying workers' compensation coverage during a period of the campaign previous year.

A spokeswoman for the NY state Workers' Compensation Board, Melissa Stewart, said Friday that Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic campaign lacked coverage from March 31 to April 30.

Stewart says the coverage is "vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries".

The failure to provide workers' compensation coverage lasted one month, as noted by Stewart, but that was enough for fellow Democrats to voice concern over the report and critics of the young rep to highlight the lack of coverage as evidence of "hypocrisy".

Some of the lawmakers want her to help unite Democrats and focus her attacks on the Republicans, while others warn she has to stop treating her own party as the enemy, the website noted. "It's unbelievable", Proud said.

Joe Lieberman, a former Democratic Delaware senator and vice presidential candidate, leveled his own criticism Thursday, telling Fox Business, "With all respect, I certainly hope she's not the future and I don't believe she is".

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Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter, suggesting that Lieberman's glory days are long gone.

The New York legislator has vowed to take on the industry that makes up the corporate backbone for much of her constituency.

Ocasio-Cortez was just 10 years old when Lieberman ran for vice president along with Gore.

When asked by Anderson Cooper on CBS's 60 Minutes, whether Trump "is a racist", she responded: "Yeah, yeah no question".

The freshman representative was sure to deny that such a sentiment is comparable to the president at all. "It's not the same thing, at all", she said.

From left, new members of Congress Yvette Clarke, Nydia Velazquez, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Carolyn Maloney and Grace Meng stand for a photograph outside the U.S. Capitol.

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