As her term comes to an end, one Missouri Democrat is expressing confusion about the attention being paid to an incoming congresswoman in the party.
“I’m a little confused why she’s the thing,” Sen. Claire McCaskill said in an interview this week.
She went on to call U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “a bright shiny new object” that has attracted widespread media and pundit attention since defeating incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in a race to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District.
Noting that Ocasio-Cortez has “talked about a lot,” McCaskill said the proof is in the pudding and wondered “what she’s done yet to generate that kind of enthusiasm.”
The outgoing senator’s advice to the 29-year-old democratic socialist was to not forget “white working-class voters” who might not see their needs reflected in her platform.
Despite calling mere rhetoric “cheap,” McCaskill said she wishes Ocasio-Cortez well and hopes “she hangs the moon.”