A key surrogate for Joe Biden dropped a bombshell today and said New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be snubbed at the Dem convention and be denied a key speaking slot.
AOC has a huge following and her supporters would not be happy that she would get denied this prime opportunity to make a mark nationally.
Obama went from unknown to the president based on one speech he gave at the 04 Dem convention so the stakes could not be higher.
From The New York Post:
Although the 30-year-old Democratic socialist is one of the most recognizable new leaders in the party, centrists are opposed to giving her time to speak.
“I think [Vermont Sen.] Bernie [Sanders] and [Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth] Warren will speak, and they’ll represent the progressive wing of the party very ably,” former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told Politico.
Rendell, a longtime friend of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, said it would be unfair to highlight Ocasio-Cortez, who took office last year after a shocking primary win.
“If you picked AOC, why wouldn’t you pick Katie Porter or why wouldn’t you pick Madeleine Dean or Mary Gay Scanlon?” Rendell said, referring to other recently elected congresswomen.
A source close to Democratic convention planning told The Post that more information about the speakers list will be released next week.
“What is currently confirmed are the Obamas will be involved, the VP nominee Wednesday, Biden on Thursday and a tribute to John Lewis,” the person said.
Spokespeople for Ocasio-Cortez, who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"@AOC, that's a real beauty, isn't it? She knows as much about the environment — do we have any young children here — as that young child over there. I think he knows more and she certainly knows nothing about the economy." – President Trump pic.twitter.com/PxxbAFmg9X
— BG (@TheBGates) August 6, 2020