Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised eyebrows in DC this week when she floated a potential power-sharing agreement between Kevin McCarthy and the Democrat Caucus.
After three votes Tuesday afternoon, McCarthy failed to secure enough support from his fellow Republicans.
“I do not believe that Kevin McCarthy has the votes. I believe that a lot of the opposition to him is very personal. I believe his leadership style is incompatible with a lot of Republican members and certainly the Democratic Caucus.” Ocasio-Cortez said on MSNBC Tuesday night.
“So the question is, is there anyone in their caucus that can build that consensus? If there isn’t, McCarthy’s team may have to come to the Democratic Party? And, if that’s the case, then what would that even look like. It’s rather unprecedented? Could it result in a potential coalition government?”
“Could we get Democratic chairs of committees as a result?”
“I’m not saying necessarily that our party is signaling an openness just yet,” she explained. “But, really, it’s about the cards that are in McCarthy’s hands. And if he chooses to approach the Democratic Caucus, then that would be a negotiation, in and of itself, for a potential coalition government. But, again, this is very much an unprecedented time.”