Just two sides of the same coin?
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Pictured from left to right are Joseph Concannon, Thomas Zmich, and Vickie Paladino. (Photos: Walter Karling)
Pictured from left to right are Joseph Concannon, Thomas Zmich, and Vickie Paladino. (Photos: Walter Karling)
When Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political world and upset longtime congressman Joseph Crowley, who many saw as next in line to replace Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House of Representatives, we’re sure a lot of you, like us, thought once she was sworn into office she would just become one of 435 members of the House.

Boy were we wrong!

AOC has become a veritable lightning rod, an obsession among Republicans and Democrats alike. Republicans - whether they be entrenched DC insiders, television talking heads, or rank-and-file members – lose their minds every time the freshman congresswoman takes to Twitter.

President Donald Trump knows this, which is why he took to Twitter over the weekend in a rant aimed at the basest impulses of his base looking to get a few more likes and retweets.

Meanwhile, the upstart pol and her “Squad” - fellow House members Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib – rankle longtime Democrats for upsetting the political apple cart, ignoring their seniority and striking out on their own on controversial issues.

And they aren’t afraid to criticize House leaders, including Pelosi herself. Love or hate her, you can’t deny that Ocasio-Cortez is making the most of her long-shot win.

Speaking of Pelosi, in case you missed it, the speaker visited Jackson Heights in Queens last month to discuss issues surrounding immigration, invited by Congresswoman Grace Meng.

The meeting was fairly tame and predictable, but we forgot to share with you some photos we were sent of the scene outside, where a small group of protestors gathered to shout things like “Build the Wall!” as Pelosi entered and exited the building.

Among them were Joseph Concannon and Vicki Paladino, two former Republican candidates for office who have been trying to shake up leadership in the Queens GOP, who they accuse of being too tame and unwilling to mount serious challenges against Democrats for fear of losing their leadership positions, as well as leaning too far centrist.

Wait, Concannon and Paladino are looking to oust their own party leadership because they feel they have betrayed the party’s values, and they have issues with Nancy Pelosi, too. Maybe they have a lot more in common with AOC than they think!

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