Newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was adored during her campaign for being an everyday citizen ready to tackle the many issues within the political system. But just like the rest of us, the former bartender has to pay rent.
As Ocasio-Cortez transitions out of her former life and eyes her future home of Washington, D.C., she told The New York Times that the moment is “very unusual."
"I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress," Ocasio-Cortez said. "So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.”
While Ocasio-Cortez said she saved before leaving the restaurant where she previously worked, the financial challenge she faces illustrates the massive class gap between the majority of politicians and the average citizen.
There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.
This is one of them (don’t worry btw - we’re working it out!)
⬇️ https://t.co/PEQ5ccSDSO— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 8, 2018
According to The Hill, the 29-year-old is figuring out her housing situation, and after becoming the youngest woman in history elected to Congress on Election Day, her future is bright.
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