One would think that in liberal New York, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wouldn’t face much criticism of her far-left views.
But according to a new poll, New York knows who is most at fault for the Amazon debacle that cost the city $25,000 jobs and millions of dollars.
From Fox News:
Forget the Joker. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now Gotham’s biggest villain.
According to a newly published poll from Siena College, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is seen as New York’s “biggest villain” when it comes to Amazon’s decision to spurn New York and pull part of its second headquarters out of Long Island City.
“Who do New Yorkers blame? Well, there’s certainly blame enough to go around. More people think that Amazon, Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, the State Senate, and local Queens activists were villains in this saga than they were heroes,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement. “However, voters say the biggest villain was Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Only 12 percent call her hero, while 38 percent label her a villain.”
Greenberg continued: “Amazon itself was seen as the biggest villain among Democrats, but Republicans and independents had Ocasio-Cortez as far and away the largest villain, followed by the local Queens activists.”
Local activists were cited as the biggest villain by 34 percent of responders, while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio garnered 29 percent of the response. Others who garnered votes for the biggest villain include New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (28 percent), Amazon (26 percent), the state Senate (21 percent) and labor unions, at 17 percent.
Even liberals get how bad the move was for New York:
“At least 63 percent of Democrats, Republicans and independents, upstaters and downstaters, men and women, young and old, black and white New Yorkers agree: Amazon pulling out of Queens was bad for New York,” Greenberg added. Even 56 percent of self-described liberals think it was bad for New York. “While some may have celebrated Amazon’s announcement to pull the plug, the vast majority of New Yorkers of every stripe thought it was bad for the Empire State.”
Part of the reason the ire was so directed at Ocasio-Cortez was not just because she campaigned against the deal but also because she actually cheered the pullout by Amazon and celebrated it as a great victory.
She also posted ridiculous things like the tax cuts that Amazon were going to be given now could be spent on other things for the city, without seeming to realize that tax cuts aren’t money in hand that you can use.
Ocasio-Cortez has also been the subject of negative billboards in Times Square put up by the Job Creators Network, a conservative advocacy group funded by the Mercer Family Foundation and corporate executives.
For its part, Amazon specifically cited Ocasio-Cortez’s negativity as one of the reasons for its decision to no longer build one-half of its HQ2 in Long Island City. “If you talk to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it’s ‘Never Amazon,'” Jodi Seth, the head of policy communications for Amazon, told NBC News in a February interview. “If you talk to [New York City Councilman Jimmy] Van Bramer, it’s unions.”
In a fiery statement after Amazon made its decision, Cuomo blamed socialist democratic darling Ocasio-Cortez and others like her.
“[A] small group [of] politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community – which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City – the state’s economic future and the best interests of the people of this state,” Cuomo said publicly. “The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.”
Greenberg said New Yorkers supported getting Amazon back by a wide margin, if it was possible.
And there is some effort being made to do that by Cuomo.
But Amazon is getting subsidies to build in Virginia and they wouldn’t have to deal with politicians that don’t want them there so it would seem unlikely that they’ll be coming back.