As 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez learns her way around her new home of Washington, DC, people keep assuming she is an intern and is given direction to intern events at the US Capitol.
Ocasio-Cortez has been documenting her experiences on Twitter as she waits to be sworn in as the representative for New York’s 14th District in January.
“People keep giving me directions to the spouse and intern events instead of the ones for members of Congress,” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez.
And then there was this tweet when a critic insisted there was no intern event that day:
“Dem Spouse [and] Member luncheon were at the same time today. I was sent to [a] spouse event. Last night I was stopped bc it was assumed I was an intern/staffer,” she wrote. “Next time try believing women [and] people of color when they talk about their experiences being a woman or person of color.”
Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez herself is in a bit of a pickle.
Her new job in Congress starts in January in Washington, DC meaning the Bronx-based politician must move to her new city in time for her new elected position.
There is one problem, however. Rent in DC is a little more expensive than rent in the Bronx, meaning she can’t afford to move to our nation’s capital until her first paychecks arrive as a congresswoman.
“I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment?” Ocasio-Cortez, 29, told the New York Times. “We’re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January.”
“There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead,” Ocasio-Cortez complained about the situation on Twitter. “This is one of them (don’t worry btw - we’re working it out!)”