Ocasio-Cortez sparks debate with talk of 70 percent marginal rate

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Quotes 'Watchmen' on Twitter

The campaign for U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, paid a $1,500 fine for lapsed workers' compensation coverage last spring.

While some of Ocasio-Cortez's colleagues may have been stumped by the pop culture reference, Twitter users went bonkers.

Newly sworn-in democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has quickly become a darling on the Left, fashioning herself as the voice for the working class and the poor.

During this time, campaign staffers were not covered for injuries received on the job. The 29-year-old's zealous confrontations with more senior lawmakers, which she appears to have dialed back in recent weeks, have drawn the consternation of those concerned about the potential for her to splinter the party.

One House member who is trying to mentor Ocasio-Cortez on how to get along and get ahead in Washington is Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), according to Politico.

Just kidding, she'll keep on plugging away on the exact social and environmental reforms she has been, which will ultimately do more to save us than Joe Lieberman ever did.

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She also called on other congressional lawmakers to increase pay for their interns and staffers, saying she spoke to several staff members who were upset about how little they made for how hard they worked.

Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent told The Hill that the congresswoman's remarks on the show were "more conceptual" than a specific proposal for a 70 percent marginal rate.

"And from a values based perspective to tax those, you know, who earn $10 million a year, I think it's exactly what we should be doing". She still has not answered whether she will follow through with her own advice to fellow lawmakers to "have some integrity" and forgo her paychecks during the partial government shutdown.

Lieberman added in the interview the Democrats will lose voters in the long term if Ocasio-Cortez's ideas are endorsed.

"If you look at the majority of new Democrats in the house, they tend to be, I say, center-left, if they are not left-left", he said.

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