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Jessica Ramos Accuses AOC of Being Absent From District, But Cabán and Mamdani Come to Congresswoman’s Defense

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (L) and State Sen. Jessica Ramos

July 25, 2022 By Christian Murray

State Sen. Jessica Ramos took a shot at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday in a flurry of tweets accusing the congresswoman of being absent from the district.

The tweets were sparked by a medical student who took to Twitter to criticize the congresswoman for not meeting with health policy experts to discuss socialized medicine. The student said that an AOC staffer said: “We’re not doing healthcare right now.”

The congresswoman apologized in her response and said: “I’m really sorry to hear that this happened. It’s not representative of me nor my values” and said her DM’s were open.

But the obscure exchange prompted Ramos to weigh in.

“Maybe if you spent more time in your office and with your team you’d know what goes on. Just saying it would be nice if you breathed our air,” Ramos tweeted at AOC.

Ramos, whose western Queens district overlaps with AOC’s, doubled down as many AOC followers questioned her accusation.

“Our district offices are on the same floor in the same building. She’s barely ever present in the community. It’s an indisputable fact.”

She then accused AOC of not meeting with local officials and said that she gave up texting her.

The accusations were similar in nature to what AOC targeted Joseph Crowley with when she defeated him in the 2018 primary.

But two local officials in Astoria both came to AOC’s defense and tweeted that AOC is accessible and helpful.

Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani disputed Ramos’ allegations.

“As a local elected official in @AOC’s district, this just isn’t true. I have met with her multiple times, she was a critical part of our @NYTWA victory, and she has been a partner at every level of politics. Astoria is all the better for having her represent us.”

Meanwhile, Councilmember Tiffany Cabán also viewed AOC as responsive and accessible.

“I gotta be fair here. Real talk this hasn’t been my experience at all. From being able to communicate & work with my Congressperson directly to our teams working closely on policy, organizing and a lot more, me and my neighbors have benefited a lot from the mutual collaboration.”

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Margaret marrello

Go Jessica! AOC, in my opinion, is not doing her job but rather just promoting herself to further a career. Jessica Ramos is responsive to her constituents and ALWAYS there.

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Javier

Instead of bickering, can you PLEASE bring back the bail system so cops can properly do their jobs? You can’t expect them to risk their lives every night and arrest someone, only to have the judicial system release them the next day with this “cashless bail” nonsense. Then you wonder why these animals are on streets every night wreaking havoc. And stop cancelling comedians? What’s the sense in calling this a free country when you’re worried about people and their sensitive feelings. Comedy is ART…..leave it alone!

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Whacka Mole

The question is not is she “physically” in her district, the truth is the woman is fighting hard EVERY F-ING DAY fort this community, all NY’ers and anyone who says differently is a F-ing liar. AOC! WE LOVE YOU!!!

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jack hts bob

looking at her accomplishments youtube video, she hasn’t done anything at all for her district “physically” or “remotely”

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Ferdinand Pesante

Me. Ramos needs to stop trying to make a name for herself at the expense of Ms. AOC. Put in the work Ms. Ramos.

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Larry

Finally, finally, finally telling truth to power! Lucky Astoria! AOC is missing in action in Jackson Heights. Jessica Ramos is speaking up for her constituants. Thank goodness someone has guts!

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