Many Democratic leaders are ripping Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) (D-N.Y.) for her opposition to Amazon establishing its headquarters in New York City, as they are expressing their disappointment with her and others for protesting more than 25,000 new jobs and approximately $30 billion in revenue coming to the area.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) – who has represented New York’s 12th Congressional District since 2013 – made her position against the up-and-coming self-proclaimed socialist Democrat very clear when publicly discussing the recent decision by Amazon to forego its plans to begin the construction of its New York headquarters in her (Maloney’s) district located in Long Island City, Queens.
Socialist job killer?
Maloney was particularly upset at Ocasio-Cortez’s celebration on social media over Amazon’s announcement to cancel its New York headquarters plans.
“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Thursday.
After CNN’s OutFront Host Erin Burnett read the young socialist’s tweet praising Amazon’s decision to bypass its plans in the Empire State, Maloney vented her frustration.
"My constituents want jobs," Maloney emphasized to Burnett on the CNN show, according to a report from the Washington Free Beacon.
Burnett pointed out the exact number, stressing that “This was 25,000 jobs,” to which Maloney added that that number was a “minimum” amount of incoming jobs that were lost – before going into greater detail.
"It would have been many, many more – 25,000 jobs at $150,000 minimum for the job," Maloney lamented. "There were promises for a new school, and – as a former teacher – I was intrigued with their plans to have a curriculum in 30 different schools supported by Amazon on high tech. We should be really diversifying our base of taxes – our base of businesses. We are too dependent on financial services."
She then expressed how upset she was about the Democratic Party’s evolving agenda that now wipes out jobs.
"It used to be that we would protest wars – now we are protesting jobs?” Maloney rhetorically asked Burnett. “People are complaining about jobs coming to your [city] … If this had gone through, it would have made overnight New York City the high-tech capital of the East Coast – the most important job center for tech jobs."
This was not the only qualm the New York Rep. had with the young socialist phenom.
“Maloney [also] talked about her experience on the city council and how she worked with several mayors on how to diversify their economies through investing in high-tech schools,” the Beacon’s Cameron Cawthorne noted from later in the CNN interview. “She said they could have had a place to work if Amazon didn't back out, prompting Burnett to blame progressives like Ocasio-Cortez for forcing this decision.”
The noticeably agitated leftist politician then pointed out her similarities and differences with AOC and how the socialist’s mindset is detrimental to New York’s economy.
"I'm a progressive too, but I'm pragmatic,” Maloney continued. “If someone is going to bring a job to my district and my city and billions of dollars in tax revenue – you also had a story this week that we were $3 billion under projected revenues for the state and roughly $1 billion under projected – this is the first quarter. We are $4 billion less than we usually get, and yet we are kicking out a company that was projecting over 10 years roughly $27 billion in taxes."
She further lamented Ocasio-Cortez’s latest problematic stand that has Democrats and critics alike up-in-arms.
"I am disappointed – it used to be if you wanted to change something, you worked with the contract to change it," Maloney explained. "They just said, ‘We don't want it,' and they are demonstrating against it and it's jobs. It's jobs. I've never seen anything like this."
More Democratic opposition to AOC
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also challenged Ocasio-Cortez’s job-killing stance against Amazon coming to the Big Apple.
“[I have] progressive roots [and will] take on any progressive – anywhere – that thinks it’s a good idea to lose jobs and revenue,” de Blasio insisted while referring to AOC chasing out Amazon, according to the Beacon. "Working people are very smart and very discerning. They want jobs, they want revenue, they want the kinds of things that government can do for them. They understand they have to be paid for."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) also laid into Ocasio-Cortez for opposing Amazon building its HQ2 site on Long Island – which would have reportedly brought in approximately $30 billion in revenue to a state and city in major debt.
“Amazon chose to come to New York because we are the capital of the world and the best place to do business," Cuomo asserted on Thursday, according to New York’s CBS Local. “Bringing Amazon to New York diversified our economy away from real estate and Wall Street, further cementing our status as an emerging center for tech and was an extraordinary economic win not just for Queens and New York City, but for the entire region – from Long Island to Albany’s nanotech center.”
He then focused his aim on AOC and her like-minded socialist colleagues.
“However, a small group (of) politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community – which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City – the state’s economic future and the best interests of the people of this state,” Cuomo added. “The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity."
Without mentioning any particular names – even though Newsday reported that Cuomo’s spokeswoman, Dani Lever, singled out Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-N.Y.) as the “dean” of the Long Island delegation – the governor blasted a fellow Democrat.
“[He] tanked the Amazon plan by placing a stalwart Amazon opponent on the government approval board to pander to the local socialists,” Lever insisted Thursday, according to Syracuse.com. “Senator Kaminsky cowered when he should have shown courage."
Conservative media chimes in …
The conservative media also took jabs at Ocasio-Cortez for fighting against something that her political party has traditionally insisted it champions – creating jobs.
After noting that 25,000 jobs with a minimum salary of $150,000 would have come to New York City in the deal, Townhall’s Matt Vespa sarcastically ripped AOC for sticking by her socialist agenda to tear down big business.
“Yeah, real slave labor, but progressives just had to fight corporate America, which they do daily…on their Apple devices,” Vespa mused in his Townhall article highlighting Maloney’s criticism of AOC’s “cheering job destruction” as “straight-up idiocy.”
He then blasted Ocasio-Cortez’s green agenda, which was also severely criticized for being based on similar faulty reasoning.
“[W]e’re talking about a woman who thinks cow [flatulence is] a problem – a congresswoman who wants to move away from fossil fuels in a decade and upgrade every building in the country to make them energy efficient,” Vespa quipped. “It’s insanity … it’s not serious, and some within the media – like MSNBC, whose sole purpose is to keep liberal blood pressures low – even admits that AOC’s economic illiteracy is going to give Trump a second term.”