Ocasio-Cortez Currently Backs Pelosi, ‘Most Progressive Candidate,’ For Speaker

WASHINGTON, DC - On the US Capitol east front plaza 116th Congressional freshman Representatives are interviewed, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), after the Member-Elect class photo on the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Wednesday November 14, 2018. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC - On the US Capitol east front plaza 116th Congressional freshman Representatives are interviewed, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), after the Member-Elect class photo on the Capitol Hill in Washin... WASHINGTON, DC - On the US Capitol east front plaza 116th Congressional freshman Representatives are interviewed, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), after the Member-Elect class photo on the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Wednesday November 14, 2018. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS

Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a freshman representative belonging to the progressive faction of the House delegation, said Monday that she currently backs Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for speaker, since Pelosi is the “most progressive candidate” running.

“Right now, out of the field, I would say that she is the most progressive candidate,” Ocasio-Cortez said on her Instagram Live where she often takes questions from constituents. “All of the rebellion for the speakership are challenges to her right, and so I think it’s important to communicate that.”

“My standard in this is: I’m going to support the most progressive candidate that’s leading the party and right now that is Nancy Pelosi, in terms of running,” she continued. “I would like to see new, younger leadership, but I don’t want new leadership that’s more conservative.”

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