Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) loves to tout her working class credentials as a “girl from the Bronx,” but you might be surprised to learn more about her real background.
‘Alex from the Bronx’
The Democratic-Socialist congresswoman got this all started back in December with a tweet about her office’s congressional plaque.
That got people wondering where exactly AOC did come from…
The Truth Comes Out
As it turns out, the 29-year-old former bartender is not just “a girl from the Bronx.”
Dissatisfied with the quality of the public schools in the Bronx, her father bought a home in Yorktown, Westchester County, north of the city, when she was 2 years old, according to county records. The family moved there a few years later.
AOC attended high school there in Yorktown and graduated in 2007. According to a yearbook entry, she actually went by the nickname “Sandy” at the time.
Westchester County may not quite be the richest county in New York, but it isn’t far behind.
The median value for homes in the area is approaching $500,000. And the median income in the area is more than $115,000.
By all accounts, Ocasio-Cortez went to one of the better high schools in the area, then went on to attend Boston University. She graduated from BU in 2011.
BU’s tuition is right around $55,000 per year — not exactly a budget school.
Turns out, she appears to have benefited from a reasonably privileged suburban upbringing. But to listen to AOC talk, you’d think she was oppressed and grew up just struggling to get by.