Ocasio-Cortez steps on a councilman's toes
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Councilman Daniel Dromm felt the need to do a little fact-checking on Twitter recently.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the political newcomer who it's fair to say shocked the nation when she upset Congressman Joseph Crowley in his Queens and Bronx district in the primary over the summer, took to the social media site to tout a meeting she had with trans women of color in Jackson Heights.

She tweeted that “It was the 1st time a local candidate/official agreed to meet with them.”

That caught the attention of Dromm, an openly gay elected official who has always been incredibly active in the LGBTQ community, even before taking office. He felt the need to point out that he meets with members of the trans community on a regular basis and allocates funding to trans groups, among other activities.

“Been doing it for decades. Look forward to continuing to do so,” he posted in a reply.

Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to clarify her original post, praising Dromm and stating that she was just referring to this particular group of women, “many of whom don't speak English.”

Oops again!

Whether she intended it that way or not, Ocasio-Cortez seemed to imply that no elected official has bothered to cross the language barrier divide and speak to these women in their native tongue, presumably Spanish.

The only problem with that is that Dromm speaks pretty good Spanish, and regularly tweets in the language to his constituents and followers, another fact a Twitter user felt the need to point out.

We doubt there is any lingering animosity between Ocasio-Cortez and Dromm, but it does show that Ocasio-Cortez will have to learn quickly on the job with regard to dealing with her colleagues in government...that game plays by its own set of crazy rules.

In other news, we were told by a source that Ocasio-Cortez, who was a constant critic of Crowley for refusing to debate her, skipped out on an October 17th debate hosted by a local Queens Latino news organization so she could fly to L.A. for an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Crowley, we're told, was also invited to the debate because he is still on the ballot on the Working Families Party line, but refused to go to honor a promise he made not to campaign after he lost the primary.

That left only Republican candidate Anthony Pappas and Conservative candidate Elizabeth Perri, presumably, to argue the issues.

Pappas took to his campaign website to blast Ocasio-Cortez, saying it was her who challenged him to the debate in the first place, a challenge he quickly accepted.

“By dodging her only debate, she is acting exactly as Joseph Crowley did when dodging her own demands for more debates during the primary season,” the website read.

Pappas is a professor of economics at St. John's University that was interviewed in this paper some months back, while Perri is, well, we couldn't really find out very much about Perri, she apparently is running a low-key campaign...an unusual strategy. If you can fill us in on her qualifications and position on the issues, drop us a line at polposition@queensledger.com.
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