Democrat New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is firing back against serious questions recently raised about her whereabouts and whether she maintains an actual residence in the district she represents.
While representatives are not required by law to live in the districts they represent, they are required to maintain a residence in that state.
Where in the world is AOC?
On Feb. 23, the New York Post published an article noting that Ocasio-Cortez had yet to open a district office or establish a local phone number in New York City for her constituents from the Bronx and Queens to contact her.
The article further noted that she has been a “virtual ghost” in the neighborhood in which she has claimed to reside.
Ocasio-Cortez has claimed to live in a Bronx condo inherited from her late father since at least 2012, but none of the neighbors or nearby business owners recalled having seen her much at all recently, if ever.
Furthermore, a postal worker who has delivered mail to that building for more than 10 years said he had hardly ever seen Ocasio-Cortez, and noted that her mailbox routinely fills up with uncollected mail for months at a time.
Meanwhile, the Post cited a recent report from the Washington Examiner about the luxurious new apartment Ocasio-Cortez now rents in Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard area, rather ironic and hypocritical accommodations for the self-proclaimed socialist who styles herself as a champion of the working class devoted to achieving affordable housing for everyone.
Ocasio-Cortez claims new digs
In response to the article questioning Ocasio-Cortez’s whereabouts, the New York Post reported separately that a spokesman for the freshman congresswoman revealed to the publication that the newly-elected representative did indeed maintain a residence in her district, a larger apartment about “a block and a half away” from the old condo.
Spokesman Corbin Trent told the Post that Ocasio-Cortez and her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, had moved into the new apartment earlier in the month, though he declined to specify exactly where the new apartment was, for security reasons.
Ocasio-Cortez touched on those security concerns in a tweet bashing the initial article about her NYC residency, citing the recent arrest of a man who had been planning to murder numerous elected Democrats and liberal media figures.
“I still live in my hood and literally instagrammed from my apartment tonight,” she tweeted Sunday night.
I still live in my hood and literally instagrammed from my apartment tonight. A man was just arrested last week with a stockpile of guns specifically trying to kill me & others, so yeah I’m not gonna disclose my personal address or tell people when I move. Sorry!
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 25, 2019
However, the Post noted that, while Ocasio-Cortez may very well have just moved into a new apartment in the Bronx, that really didn’t explain why nobody could recall seeing her at the old residence she previously claimed was her home.