AOC To The Rescue?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., talks with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., during opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

At a glance

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., floated a possible “coalition government” in the House of Representatives on Tuesday after Republicans failed to elect a new speaker of the House.
  • Ocasio-Cortez, a far-left progressive, raised the possibility that Republican leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California may have to enter into negotiations with Democrats after he failed to win the majority vote needed to become speaker.
  • “I do not believe that Kevin McCarthy has the votes. I believe that a lot of the opposition to him is very personal. I believe his leadership style is incompatible with a lot of Republican members and certainly the Democratic Caucus.” Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday night on MSNBC.

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