On Tuesday, in a landslide victory, socialist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was elected to Congress. Now, the incoming congresswoman has made it clear that she isn’t financially prepared to relocate for her new job, particularly since her $174,000 annual salary for her position won’t kick in for about another three months.
Ocasio-Cortez, according to a report by the Daily Wire, discussed her upcoming shift to Washington DC, saying it “will be very unusual, because I can’t really take a salary.”
“I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress,” she continued. “So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.”
Prior to running for Congress, Ocasio-Cortez was a bartender at a restaurant in New York City. While she managed to save up some cash, it isn’t enough to cover getting set up in her new city. On average, a DC apartment runs about $2,170 per month.
“We’re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
She has also turned the issue into a talking point. In a tweet, Ocasio-Cortez stated, “There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.”
“This is one of them (don’t worry btw – we’re working it out)!” she added before pointing to another tweet discussing how she can’t immediately afford a DC apartment.
Comments on the tweet were mixed. Some pointed out that many people would struggle to afford such a transition while others questioned her level of “personal responsibility and accountability.”
One user suggested that Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t exploring all of her options or was piling on “millennial-type” excuses and that she should “get a [roommate], sleep on a coach, work a temp job, whatever.”
Additionally, many referenced a comment Ocasio-Cortez made to Jorge Ramos, suggesting that she might not have a firm grasp on financial principles in the first place. When she was asked by Ramos if “Medicare for All” would be “too expensive,” her reply was simply, “You just pay for it.”