The rising star among the democratic party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez whom won a primary election of entrenched Joe Crowley. She touts herself as a ‘girl from the Bronx’ and is laying out the image that she is one of the working class. This image has launched her successful win as the voters are seeking a change in the power structure.
She claimed that “I wasn’t born to a wealthy or powerful family. I was born in a place where your zip code determines your destiny”.
Breitbart’s Josh Caplan just penned a fact check article which tells a different story. It maybe true that she was born in a place where the zip code determines ones destiny but she moved at 5 years old to one of the richest area in New York. She was born in Parkchester, NY and moved to Yorktown Heights, a wealthy suburb in Westchester County. Westchester ranks #8 in the nation for the counties with the highest average incomes.
We are well aware of the aphorism about knowing when a politician is lying, especially when they are campaigning. How many campaign promises are kept? This maybe the reason that the public’s faith / approval rating in politicians overall is dismally low.
It is clear that the democrats need some new blood to replace the aging frontrunners. It is not a crime to grow up in a wealthy neighborhood but a campaigner should be up front and not spin the issue to sway voters. She comment on the Late Show “Well, you know, the president is from Queens, and with all due respect – half of my district is from Queens. I don’t think he knows how to deal with a girl from the Bronx”.
It appears that she is trying to create a division between her and the president that she is one of the poor, financial struggling commoners and the president is one of the ‘1%ers’. If New Yorkers are getting spin when it comes to her upbringing, how can they believe they will get honest answers on other more poignant issues. It may behoove NY voters to do some research prior to selecting their candidates.