Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hedging plans to visit Kentucky in the coming months, despite being formerly uninvited by one of the state’s congressional Republicans.
Irregardless of the snub, AOC’s spokesperson’s Corbin Trent insists other politicians from Kentucky have asked the New York Rep. to stopover in the Bluegrass state – and it’s a request she’s going to oblige.
‘Luckily, we still have open borders with Kentucky, we are free to travel there,’ Trent said to CNN. ‘We hope to visit and have a town hall, listen to concerns of workers in Kentucky.’
An exact date hasn’t yet been set for the sure-to-be controversial outing, but the 29-year-old will be looking to square-off against fellow Representative Andy Barr once more, just as she did last month in a fiery House Financial Services Committee hearing.
Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hedging plans to visit Kentucky, despite being uninvited last week
One of Kentucky's Congressional Representatives, Andy Barr (above), told AOC to apologize for showing a 'lack of civility' towards Dan Crenshaw, when she lambasted him online for scoulding Ilhan Omar
Following AOC’s rousing speech that her Green New Deal was not an ‘elitist issue’ but a ‘quality of life issue’, Barr bit back at the proposal, insisting the ramifications of the scheme would leave thousands of his constituents penniless and without jobs.
‘I want to invite the gentlelady to come to eastern Kentucky where thousands of coal miners no longer have paychecks,’ he proposed. ‘I invite her to go underground with me and meet the men and women who do heroic work to power the American economy.’
But remarkably, AOC unflinchingly replied she’d be ‘happy to’, adding that her call for ‘fully funding the pensions of coal miners in West Virginia and throughout Appalachia because we want a just transition to make sure that we're investing in jobs across those swaths of the country.’
However, three weeks on, Barr seemed to rescind the offer last week following a spat between Ocasio-Cortez and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw.
The pair became embattled in a war of words on social media after Crenshaw publicly criticized Ilhan Omar in relation to comments that she made last month about 9/11.
Crenshaw was the first high-profile