Monday, September 27, 2021

Ocasio-Cortez faces ethics complaint for accepting Met Gala ticket

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.N.Y.) is facing an ethics complaint after allegedly accepting a ticket worth tens of thousands of dollars to attend the Met Gala this week in New York City.

Thomas Jones, the founder of the conservative-leaning American Accountability Foundation, wrote in an ethics complaint (PDF) that he believes Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described socialist who represents the regions of Queens and the Bronx, Breaking the rules of the house by accepting a gift.

“While the Metropolitan Museum of Art may be named at the invitation of the individual, the museum has delegated control of the invitation to a for-profit company, specifically Condé Nast, and its chief content officer, Anna Wintour,” Jones wrote.

“These rules exist for a reason. Without strict adherence, we risk corruption in the halls of Congress and in public officials serving others on our constituents. Government has a responsibility to its citizens, and integrity and Accountability should be our biggest concern,” the complaint said.

During the event on Monday, Ocasio-Cortez wore a thousand-dollar gown with the words “Tax the Rich” in red, drawing significant criticism and attention on Twitter that a self-described socialist was attending a special event. Will happen. It reportedly costs $35,000 per ticket. New York designer Aurora Jones created the dress.

Ocasio-Cortez’s office said it did not violate House ethics rules.

“We are confident that we have complied with all ethical rules,” his office said in a statement to media outlets on Wednesday. The Epoch Times has contacted his office for comment.

Amid the critical backlash online, Ocasio-Cortez posted a video online defending her appearance at the Met Gala, which is commonly seen by celebrities, singers, actresses and fashion stalwarts. The Congresswoman, who is in her second term, attempted to mark her presence in a way that sent a message to wealthy Americans.

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They also wrote on Instagram that they are “proud to work together”. [James,] A sustainably focused, black female immigrant designer who went from starting her dream [company] To Win at a Flea Market in Brooklyn [a Council of Fashion Designers of America award] Against all odds- and then work together to open doors in the Met. “

Ocasio-Cortez then said, “Now is the time for childcare, health care, and climate action for all. Tax rich. … NYC’s elected officials are regularly invited to and from our city serving the public.” It is attended because of our responsibilities in overseeing cultural institutions. I was one of the many present. The dress is borrowed.”

However, his remarks did not assuage his critics, among them longtime journalist Glenn Greenwald, who publicly supported him during the 2018 campaign.

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Ocasio-Cortez’s attendance and the Met Gala in general, he argued, is representative of “complicated” COVID-19 regulations and has reduced photos that show congressmen and other veterans without masks, while those of the Met Gala Employees and others were forced to wear them.

“Even with all this deceit and manipulation, there is something uniquely disturbing – scary even – about the political and cultural elite accustomed to basking in unmasked luxuries, while Serving them in various ways are forced to put clothes that pay small wages on their faces,” Greenwald wrote for Substack. “It is a powerful symbol of the growing rot at the core of America’s cultural and social balance. : a masked aristocrat permanently participating in the faceless servant class.”

Jack Phillips

senior reporter

Jack Phillips is a reporter for The Epoch Times in New York City.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Ocasio-Cortez faces ethics complaint for accepting Met Gala ticket
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