On Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasn’t occupying her chair, presiding over the House.
Instead, it was the woman who claimed she was “the boss” in one tweet, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who briefly presided over the chamber.
For those who’ve watched her troubling gaffes and statements over the past few months, it was a bit of a disturbing image.
But it’s part of the normal rotation that House members to do help out and she became the youngest woman to wield the gavel in so doing.
From NY Post:
AOC didn’t have much to do, but even so managed to stumble.
She called on members as they rose to speak — and misfired on which states they represented.
“For what purpose does the gentleman from Ohio — um, from Illinois, excuse me — seek recognition?” she said as Rep. Sean Casten, a fellow freshman Dem, took the floor.
Ocasio-Cortez also presided over “special orders.” Those are generally short speeches by House members at the end of the day’s legislative business, often on issues of concern in their districts.
She told reporters it was exciting.
From Fox News:
“That was my first time presiding. And it’s exciting,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters. “It’s certainly a view. I wish we could, I wish we were allowed to take photos.”
Last month, Pelosi, D-Calif., described Ocasio-Cortez as “a wonderful member of Congress, as I think all of our colleagues will attest” as she said certain districts, like the freshman rep’s, are “solidly Democratic.”