Ocasio-Cortez West Coast tour avoids Hollywood elites, but who’s shunning who?

New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s West Coast tour raises a lot of questions, beginning with who is shunning who?

The democrat socialist darling paid a visit to the homeless in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood, met with social justice activists and held low-dollar fundraisers, Fox News reported, but she hasn’t had any “glitzy events with high-profile Democratic donors and Hollywood celebrities.”

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You know, the “glitzy” fundraisers former President Barack Obama was famous for.

All of which compelled The Hollywood Reporter to ask, “Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Too Far Left for Hollywood?”

The celebrity news source noted that Ocasio-Cortez “isn’t meeting with traditional Hollywood power brokers for now.”

But again, who’s shunning who?

More from THR:

In a break with tradition, Ocasio-Cortez, who labels herself a democratic socialist, has no plans to meet with any of the entertainment industry’s Democratic political power brokers while she is in town. She will not be having coffee with Carl Reiner. There will be no sitdown with Jeffrey Katzenberg or David Geffen. No $5,000-a-plate dinner at Robert Iger’s mansion in Brentwood.

“None of our clients are meeting with her,” says Marie Lloyd of the political and philanthropic consultancy Gonring, Spahn & Associates, which counts Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg as clients. And none of the other political operatives or members of the industry’s donor class reached by phone were aware of any meetings scheduled with Ocasio-Cortez. Some weren’t even aware she was coming to town.

But it’s not just the donors. Even though Mayor Eric Garcetti is currently in Asia, a source within City Hall tells The Hollywood Reporter that Ocasio-Cortez’s team did not make any outreach to his office regarding her trip.


So, it could be the candidate eschewing politically elite Democrats, who were more eager to embrace Hillary Clinton than Bernie Sanders, who shares Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist views.

There’s certainly a divide within the party between the two camps, especially after the revelation the Democratic National Committee had its fat thumb on the scale in favor of Clinton in the 2016 primary.

Interestingly, when former President Barack Obama released names of candidates he was endorsing recently, Ocasio-Cortez was noticeably absent from the list.

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THR noted that some say the divide may be a result of Ocasio-Cortez’s inexperience and a lack of campaign infrastructure to engage in the appropriate outreach.

At the same time, it could be that elite Democrats, with so much at stake financially,  are not quite bold enough yet to so publicly own their socialist views.

The more unhinged among the left, people like Susan Sarandon, Chelsea Handler and Ava DuVernay, took to social media to celebrate Ocasio-Cortez’s big primary win over incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley.

Tom Tillison


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