Ocasio-Cortez’s camp rocked by massive staffer shakeup, signaling troubles for freshman


As far as political newcomers go, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez certainly knows how to keep the nation’s attention.

The freshman Congresswoman from New York has been front and center in national politics from the moment she stepped onto the legislative stage.  Her often ill-researched remarks, repeated ad nauseam through the lens of social media, have landed her a reputation as the butt of an untold numbers of jokes.  Furthermore, AOC’s vigorous feuding with President Donald Trump has made headlines week after week – likely just as planned by her team.

But that doesn’t mean that all is well in Camp Ocasio-Cortez, however.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) chief of staff and her communications director have announced plans to depart.

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The Intercept reported on Friday that Saikat Chakrabarti, the congresswoman’s chief of staff since January, and Corbin Trent, her communications director, would be leaving her congressional office in the next few weeks.

Chakrabarti, who masterminded Ocasio-Cortez’s election to Congress, is heading to New Consensus, a nonprofit working to bolster the Green New Deal and other climate change initiatives.

The change wasn’t entirely surpassing, giving some of Chakrabati’s dubious behavior.

In June, Chakrabarti took to social media to air his frustration with moderate Democrats for forcing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to abandon a $4.6 billion emergency border appropriation bill favored by progressives. In a series of tweets, Chakrabarti likened the moderates to old Southern Democrats, many of whom were avowed segregationists.

He stood by the comparison even when a progressive activist noted Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS), the first openly LGBT Native American woman elected to Congress, was one of the moderates that wavered on the bill.

Corbin Trent won’t be entirely outside of AOC’s orbit after the move, however, as he has been reassigned to the lawmaker’s reelection team.

Good luck, Corbin.  You’re going to need it.

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