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Blindsided: AOC unexpectedly challenges Cuomo to lead DNC delegation and gets CRUSHED

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., continues to stir the pot within her own party, even if she does proclaim innocence in the latest attempt to flex her muscle.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo held off Ocasio-Cortez in a surprise challenge to lead the state delegation to the Democratic National Convention, according to Fox News. The vote wasn’t exactly a nail biter, with Cuomo receiving 218 votes compared to 34 votes for AOC.

Jay Jacobs, chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee, was not happy when a motion was made to nominate the self-avowed democratic socialist, saying he was “blindsided” by the move.

“It was a bad performance. AOC got 13 percent of the vote. She did vote for herself,” Jacobs said following the meeting.

At the same time, the party leader said he didn’t think Ocasio-Cortez was behind the challenge, blaming it on “rogue operators.”

“It surprised me. I was blindsided by it. It was bad faith,” said Jacobs.

Ocasio-Cortez spokeswoman Lauren Hitt downplayed the whole seedy affair, noting that the first-term congresswoman did not personally participate in the meeting, Fox News reported — a staffer was reportedly sent to represent her and voted for her to lead the delegation.

“We didn’t want to lead the New York delegation at the DNC convention. We have no plans to go,” Hitt said, according to Fox News.

“Alexandria was surprised someone nominated her,” the spokeswoman explained. “We didn’t ask anyone to nominate her. We did not attempt to whip any votes. We had no premeditated thoughts about this whatsoever.”

Ocasio-Cortez has clashed with Cuomo before, as the article noted, when she lead the successful opposition to a planned Amazon headquarters in New York City after the governor had negotiated a deal with the company that included billions in subsidies.

Cuomo just rejected a campaign to tax billionaires that Ocasio-Cortez backs, saying the initiative will drive the super-rich out of the state.

There are reportedly 118 billionaires in New York, according to The Guardian, and 43 have donated to the governor’s campaigns and the state party he controls.

“As the governor has routinely said, anyone who can be influenced by a dollar doesn’t deserve to be in this business,” said Cuomo’s spokesman, Rich Azzopardi. “New York currently has the most progressive and second-highest millionaires tax in the nation, and we’ve been very clear about the challenges facing us in an era where high earners have already moved away from the city and the state in the face of this pandemic, and the federal government is supporting legislation that would change the law and allow them to pay taxes where they telecommute from – not the state or city where their company is located.”

As for the Cuomo-AOC rivalry, social media users see the choice between these two as a “lose-lose” for New York.

Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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