AOC Aide Complains Dem Staffers Don’t Want to ‘Burn Down’ Political System

Washington Free Beacon | 2/14/2019 | Cameron Cawthorne
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BY: Cameron Cawthorne

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D., N.Y.) legislative assistant Dan Riffle, who goes by "Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure" on Twitter, expressed his frustration with Democratic staffers looking to get cushy jobs as lobbyists instead of wanting to "burn" the political system down.

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The Washington Post published a profile piece on Thursday about Ocasio-Cortez's Capitol Hill staffers, shedding light on the diversity of their backgrounds, including her 31-year-old legislative director, Ariel Eckblad, and 37-year-old legislative assistant, Riffle.

One is the daughter of an immigrant from Nigeria who wanted to understand the causes of her mom’s plight, starting a search that would lead her to Spelman, Oxford, Harvard, Georgetown, the State Department and, eventually, the halls of Congress.

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The other was raised by a single mother in trailer parks and public housing in eastern Tennessee, becoming an avowed foe of the ultrawealthy whose Twitter handle reads: "Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure."

The two have landed the two policy jobs with first-term Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who received about 5,500 job applications for her office — a record, according to experts.

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Riffle, who the Post labels as a former "pot activist" when he was in fact a registered lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project, has said that when he first started working on Capitol Hill, he thought Democratic aides would be "activists and idealists." However, he found instead that they were people who "grew up on the Upper West Side and went to Ivy League schools."

"I don’t mean to paint too broad a brush. But these are people who don’t think big and aren’t here to change the world," Riffle said. "They’re here because it’s a good, safe, stable job, and this is a good platform to get to K Street. Which is what the vast majority of Democratic Hill staffers do."

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