New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was reticent when asked about her political ambitions.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the 31-year-old Democrat shied away from saying whether she aspires to run for higher office in the future, but noted that she doesn’t expect to remain a member of Congress “forever.”
“I don’t know if I’m really going to be staying in the House forever, or if I do stay in the House, what that would look like,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I don’t see myself really staying where I’m at for the rest of my life.”
“I don’t want to aspire to a quote-unquote higher position just for the sake of that title or just for the sake of having a different or higher position. I truly make an assessment to see if I can be more effective. And so, you know, I don’t know if I could necessarily be more effective in an administration, but, for me that’s always what the question comes down to,” she continued.
Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley, another member of the “Squad” of four freshman liberal congresswomen in the House, told the magazine that Ocasio-Cortez didn’t “set out to be an icon or even a historymaker,” but noted she thought it was the young socialist’s “destiny.”
“I don’t want to be a savior, I want to be a mirror,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
A liberal firebrand, the representative has found herself at odds with Democratic leadership since being elected in 2018. On Sunday, she balked at the idea of supporting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying she intends to support the “most progressive” option for House speaker.
“I believe that we have to see those races as they come, see what candidates are there. I am committed to making sure that we have the most progressive candidate there. But, if Speaker Pelosi is that most progressive candidate, then I will be supporting her,” she said.
In 2019, Ocasio-Cortez clashed with Pelosi after she and other liberal members in Congress thought the House speaker was “keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members.” She went as far as to say Pelosi was explicitly targeting “newly elected women of color.” Many House Democrats, and even President Trump, defended Pelosi against allegations of racism.
Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez met behind closed doors to reconcile their differences. “We don’t have that many differences,” Pelosi said after the fact.
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