AOC Says MTG Is Running House GOP Conference, Not Speaker McCarthy

AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 10: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends the 'Knock Down The House' Premiere during the 2019 SXSW Conference and Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 10, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
  • New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made the comment Sunday when asked Sunday on MSNBC who was leading the House Republican Conference.
  • The suggestion goes back to when California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy was trying to become House speaker earlier this year and had to make promises to fellow Rep. Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene, the unofficial leader of the conference’s most hard-right wing, to win the post.
  • “I think you’ve got Marjorie Taylor Greene running the caucus,” said Ocasio-Cortez, the official leader of the House Democratic Caucus’ most liberal, or progressive, wing. Greene “makes very common public statements to that effect.”