‘Never Thought I’d Say It’: AOC Speaks Out about New Working Relationship With Ted Cruz

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she was excited to begin working across the proverbial aisle with Republican Senator Ted Cruz on the mutually passionate issue of ending the practice of former members of Congress becoming lobbyists.

During an interview on ABC’s News’ “This Week,” Ocasio-Cortez said she was “extraordinarily excited” to see what she and he can accomplish legislatively, ABC News reports.

When ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Ocasio-Cortez about the working relationship, she said: “We haven’t met in person yet, but I do know that we have an ongoing working relationship and I’m extraordinarily excited in seeing what we can accomplish.”

She jokingly added, “Never thought I’d say it.”

The unlikely pair agreed to work together over Twitter when Ocasio-Cortez tweeted out that she wanted to prevent members of Congress from retiring and joining the private sectors to lobby their former colleagues.

“If you are a member of Congress + leave, you shouldn’t be allowed to turn right around and leverage your service for a lobbyist check,” the New York Democrat tweeted.

“I don’t think it should be legal at ALL to become a corporate lobbyist if you’ve served in Congress,” she added. “At minimum there should be a long wait period.”

Cruz agreed with her tweet and said the two could work in their respective legislative chambers to pass a clean bill.

“Here’s something I don’t say often: on this point, I AGREE with @AOC,”
the Texas Republican responded. Adding: “Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists. The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?”

Ocasio-Cortez said she would agree to the effort if it were a “clean bill.”

“@tedcruz if you’re serious about a clean bill, then I’m down. Let’s make a deal,” she tweeted. “If we can agree on a bill with no partisan snuck-in clauses, no poison pills, etc – just a straight, clean ban on members of Congress becoming paid lobbyists – then I’ll co-lead the bill with you.”

“You’re on,” he replied.