Despite her initial concern over her ability to afford the notoriously high cost of living in DC, newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems to be doing just fine, as according to new reports, the young Democrat has scored a luxury apartment.
After winning her upstart election, Ocasio-Cortez bemoaned her inability to afford the high cost of rent in DC, however, she has since landed a building in the upscale Navy Yard area, with rent reaching around $2,000 a month.
In response to criticism, the Democrat lawmaker’s office has fired back, citing “security concerns.”
Ocasio-Cortez has remained a media fixture since capturing her district, and has faced scrutiny from both Republicans and Democrats for a series of gaffes made since taking office.
From The Washington Free Beacon
After fretting about whether she’d be able to afford rent, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) has moved into a luxury apartment building in the District of Columbia’s Navy Yard neighborhood, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, got a big raise with her election to Congress, a job that comes with a $174,000 annual salary. She told the New York Times she was concerned about how she would get an apartment before that salary kicked in.
She ended up moving into a luxury apartment building with a wide array of amenities where rent for even a studio apartment exceeds $2,000 a month. The Washington Free Beacon is not disclosing the exact building Ocasio-Cortez lives in due to safety concerns expressed by her office.
Her office pushed back against the notion that it was hypocritical for Ocasio-Cortez, who has made housing affordability one of her top policy concerns, to move into a luxury building. A spokesman pointed out that her office also uses a car with an “internal combustion engine that runs on fossil fuels,” even though she thinks their use should be eliminated.
Many sympathized with Ocasio-Cortez’s stated difficulty with finding an apartment in D.C., where rents have been on the rise in recent years. Affording a second residence in the capital has proven to be a challenge for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with some choosing to live together with colleagues or to bunk up in their congressional office as cost-saving measures.
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