In 2018, then-Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez praised socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), calling her the “future of the Democratic Party.”
According to Fox News contributor and civil rights attorney Leo Terrell, however, Ocasio-Cortez is a “noise box” who is “destructive” of the American “way of life.”
“This woman is a noise box,” Terrell said over the weekend during The Big Saturday Show. “Can someone in New York run against her, please? She is very ineffective … she’s ineffective, but she makes a lot of noise. She could never win any type of state-wide seat, but she serves a purpose for the left-wing extreme left media, and, social media.”
“And that’s her calling card,” Terrell continued, “not as a legislator, but as a noise piece. She is destructive to the American value and way of life.”
Terrell’s comments where in response to a recent study from the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL) which found that Ocasio-Cortez was one of the least effective lawmakers during the 116th Congress.
After each Congress, the CEL assigns each member of Congress a legislative effectiveness score that, according to the group, is “based on 15 metrics that take into account the number of bills a legislator sponsors, how far each of those bills advances through the legislative process from introduction to (possibly) becoming law, as well as its relative substantive significance.”
According to the CEL’s latest study, Ocasio-Cortez ranked 230th out of the 240 Democrats who were in Congress.
The study noted that Ocasio-Cortez introduced 21 “substantive” bills during her first two years as a congresswoman, but none of those bills got anywhere.
“It’s clear that she was trying to get her legislative agenda moving and engage with the lawmaking process. But she wasn’t as successful as some other members were — even among [other] freshmen — at getting people to pay attention to her legislation,” Alan Wiseman, a co-director of the center, told the New York Post.
Ocasio-Cortez’s so-called “Squad” members scored somewhat better, with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) ranking 214th, Rep. Ayanna Pressley ranking 175th and Rep. Rashida Tlaib ranking 92nd.
While Ocasio-Cortez didn’t outperform many of her colleagues, she did outperform House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
In CEL’s study, Pelosi ranked 237th.