Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress—she still cant afford an apartment in DC

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress—she still can\t afford an apartment in DC
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she cant afford Washington apartment before job in Congress starts
“I have three months without a salary before Im a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real,” Ocasio-Cortez said to The New York Times this week. “Were kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but Ive really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January.”

Ocasio-Cortez told the Times she was able to save money before leaving her restaurant job and planned for time without a paycheck with her partner. But, she isnt being sworn into Congress until early January 2019 — and has to move from New York to D.C. in that time.

The 29-year-old Democrat garnered national attention in June when she won a primary against 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley in one of the biggest upsets in politics this year. 

Youngest woman ever elected to Congress cant find place to live in D.C. since she quit job to run

She will represent New Yorks 14th Congressional district, which covers parts of the Bronx, where she was born, and Queens. 

While some may worry about the politician affording her move, she assured fans shell make the big change just fine after all.

There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.

“There are many little ways in which our electoral system isnt even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Thursday, “This is one of them (dont worry btw – were working it out!).”

There is just one problem: the new Democratic-led House won’t be seated until January 3 and Ocasio-Cortez quit her job as a bartender to focus on her campaign, so she has no income and no place to live in Washington, D.C.

“We’re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January,” the 29-year-old Democratic socialist told the New York Times.

A 2015 Quartz report found the median worth of a member of the House of Representatives was a little over $1 million and over $3 million for a senator.

Ocasio-Cortez shared the Times article on Twitter and pointed out that “There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.”

However, she urged supporters not to worry as she gets ready to make the move to the nation’s capital.

There are many little ways in which our electoral system isnt even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.

Democrats’ rising star from New York City narrowly edged out Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) for the title of youngest-ever woman elected to Congress, as the Iowa Democrat, who unseated Republican incumbent Rep. Rod Blum in Tuesday’s midterm elections, was born in December 1988. Ocasio-Cortez was born in October 1989.


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