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First on Granthshala: a Virginia Republicans have invited U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.N.Y., to campaign for the Democratic incumbent who is expected to be the GOP nominee next year.

Republican Tina Ramirez – who is running against second-term Democratic US Representative Abigail Spanberger – extended the proposal after Ocasio-Cortez recently insisted that it is for moderate Democrats to consider their hardline fellow party members an “obligation”. There was a “mistake”.

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“For the past few years, Abigail Spanberger has been living a double life,” Republican challenger Tina Ramirez wrote in a statement Tuesday to Granthshala News, referring to the second-term Democrat.

“In Virginia, she represents herself as a moderate Democrat. But in Washington that mask comes off,” Ramirez continued.

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“Having only talked with Abigail Spanberger in Washington, it’s no wonder why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks a progressive message will be popular in Virginia,” the Republican said. “Especially when Spanberger voted for a multi-trillion dollar wish list that was disguised as an infrastructure bill by the most ridiculous and dishonest definitions.”

Ramirez concluded, “I welcome Alexandria to visit Virginia to show voters who Abigail Spanberger really is when the cameras aren’t on.”

The Republican, who is challenging Spanberger, who represents Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, quoted Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks in a New York Times Interview Published earlier this month.

Ocasio-Cortez, a well-known radical in the Democratic caucus who identifies himself as a Democratic socialist, insisted that it was a mistake for moderate Democrats to distance themselves from radicals like themselves.

GOP House optimist Tina Ramirez and her daughter, Abigail.  (courtesy: Tina Ramirez)

Ocasio-Cortez said, “Before the Virginia elections, it was very clear that our help and our participation were neither sought nor sought, which is fine.” “I am not here to tell people how to run their race. But at the same time, here to consider the members who have some of the tightest ties to our political base, only as an equal obligation – and Not something that could be selectively deployed, or consulted, or anything – I think it’s just sad. I think it was a mistake.”

US Representative.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.N.Y., speaks in Durham, New Hampshire, February 10, 2020.

Ocasio-Cortez said the Build Back Better Act, Democrats’ $1.75 trillion social spending and climate change bill, would give Democrats “a shot at going back to our communities and saying we delivered.” She argued that “what really reduces turnout is when Democrats make promises they don’t keep.”

A recent incident put the distinction between the more liberal Spanberger and the more radical Ocasio-Cortez in considerable relief.

When House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California issued a scathing speech against Build Back Better, he cited Spanberger, who said that “no one elected Joe Biden as FDR,” referring to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. .

Soon after this statement, a female voice in Congress shouted, “I did.” Reporters later identified that voice as that of Ocasio-Cortez.