New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been put in her place by several prominent New York leaders.
And now she is backtracking from her demand, and her victory dance, after Amazon decided to pull out of its deal to build a headquarters in Long Island City.
“We welcome a process, we welcome having a community process, but I don’t know where the talks are at at this stage,’ Saikat Chakrabarti, her Chief of Staff who is currently being investigated for illegally moving $1 million, told Bloomberg News.
“What she was vocal about was the process by which it happened, the deal,” he said.
“Amazon is the company that chose to step away from the negotiating table,” he told Bloomberg News, The Daily Mail reported.
The remarkable change in gears comes after the congresswoman was heavily criticized for her opposition to the deal, which would have brought an estimated 25,000 jobs to the area.
Amazon cited her opposition as part of the reason they changed their mind about building in Queens, a billboard went in Times Square offering a mocking ‘thanks’ to Ocasio-Cortez for her opposition while members of both parties criticized her for helping kill the deal.
Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest member of Congress and a self-described socialist, celebrated when Amazon announced it would not be building a second headquarters in Queens, near her congressional district.
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‘Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,’ she tweeted at the decision.
But she also came under fire from both Democrats and Republicans when she argued the $3 billion in tax breaks offered to Amazon to build a second headquarters in Queens, New York, would be better spent hiring teachers and fixing the city’s crumbling subway system.
.@AOC is not completely ruling out Amazon coming back to New York if the process is done with community input, a top aide says https://t.co/OkXEpeLWP8
— Bloomberg (@business) March 4, 2019
Ocasio Cortez is now going to allow Amazon to move to NY. https://t.co/L2nLcmsCCX
— schleever (@realschleever) March 5, 2019
AOC SOFTENING UP ON AMAZON?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seemed to soften her stance against Amazon, telling reporters she has no “personal animus” toward the tech giant she excoriated just weeks ago.https://t.co/hSq4Po1u8P
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 4, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez aide floats Amazon path to city via right ‘process’ https://t.co/rho9NBAoKQ pic.twitter.com/3yU98kpcDA
— Gowdy Financial Grp (@gowdyfinancial) March 5, 2019
“Ocasio-Cortez not ruling out Amazon’s return to New York, says communities must be consulted” via FOX NEWS https://t.co/QvFSwkEktS pic.twitter.com/nWcSgtdNUE
— Zonetechsolution (@Zonetechsolutio) March 5, 2019
Her royal highness hath spoken /sarc pic.twitter.com/JDrZQ2thQ0
— I’m supposed to be pouncing right now… (@hereforthejava) March 4, 2019
Translation: Someone chewed her out.
— Kevin Meyer (@KCchemguy) March 4, 2019
How magnanimous of Her Highness.
— Conserving “Conserving Conservatism” Conservatism (@jtLOL) March 5, 2019
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