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If there is one thing that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is good at, it’s staying in the headlines.
The 28 year 0ld bartender-turned-Congresswoman has been a fixture for the mainstream media thanks in no small part to the dedicated anti-AOC meme-makers and Twitter personalities. Her attitude is often seen as precocious, if not a bit condescending as well, something that democrats have latched onto in making her one of the media’s mavens.
Now, however, her tough talk regarding Amazon.com, and the company’s decision to cancel plans for a headquarters in New York City, have even her own constituents crying foul.
According to a new Siena College poll, 58 percent of voters in her district, which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens, actually support the now-abandoned and controversial deal that would have brought the tech giant to Long Island City in return for $3 billion in state and local subsidies.
The freshman congresswoman, who unseated a 10-term Democratic incumbent, was one of several elected officials pushing back on Amazon’s planned expansion pointing at the secrecy of the deal itself, the lack of public input and the potential for gentrification and displacement resulting from 25,000 new highly paid tech workers in the area.
But there’s more…
In addition, 57 percent of those polled said it was “bad for New York” that the Jeff Bezos-led company canceled the project in February following opposition from some elected officials, labor groups, local residents and community activists.
The poll indicated that those who agreed with AOC were in the minority at around 37%.
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