Joe Lieberman, former Democratic Senator from CT, made it clear he is not a fan of New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist, didn't flinch at the comment. In addition to working with the Marijuana Policy Project, Riffle has also worked as communications director former Rep. Keith Ellison and a legislative aide to former Rep. John Conyers. Instead she shot back, tweeting, "New party, who dis?". She's repeatedly stated her support for legalization and advocated to fix the harms caused by the War on Drugs.
How did Ocasio-Cortez respond?
Democratic leaders were also frustrated that Ocasio-Cortez criticized their new set of House rules on Twitter in the first week of the new Congress, Politico reported. They believe the movement behind Ocasio-Cortez to try and help elevate her to a top committee post is undeserved.
"Time to walk the walk", Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.
"If you look at the majority of new Democrats in the house, they tend to be, I say, center-left, if they are not left-left", he said.
'The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law...'
Strikingly, the scene from the comic book series from which the quote is taken occurs in a prison cafeteria-a potentially provocative, though perhaps fluid, metaphor for what Congress has become to many lawmakers.
"This is basic stuff, especially if you hold yourself out to be the champion of workers", the campaign operative said.
Now, Democratic members of Congress are saying they're done with her "sniping" at their own party and aren't sure if her career in Congress will go too well if she keeps up the criticism.
According to the Daily News, her spokesman had "nothing to add".
"I think she needs to give herself an opportunity to know her colleagues and to give herself a sense of the chemistry of the body before passing judgment on anyone or anything", said Representative Yvette Clarke (D., N.Y.).