Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman elected to Congress in the midterm elections, is struggling to pay rent, according to a recent interview.Â
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, told The New York Times she’s not sure how she will be able to afford an apartment in Washington, D.C., without a salary for three months in an interview published online Wednesday.Â
She told the Times she has some savings from her job earlier this year as aÂ bartender at a Union Square restaurant, and she’s hoping that will hold her over. Living without a paycheck is something she said her and her partner tried to plan for, but it’s a hardship that’s still “very real.”
â€œWeâ€™re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but Iâ€™ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January,â€ she told the Times.
Ocasio-Cortez isÂ aÂ New York activist and Democrat who will represent 14th Congressional district, which covers the Bronx and Queens.Â
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Thursday, she pointed to her lack of income as a reason why some people are not able to work in politics.Â
“There are many little ways in which our electoral system isnâ€™t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead,” she said.Â
She said she hopes she can change that.
There are many little ways in which our electoral system isnâ€™t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.
This is one of them (donâ€™t worry btw – weâ€™re working it out!)
â€” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 8, 2018
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