New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has rebuffed overtures to meet with officials from some of Gotham’s largest banks since taking office in January, a Fox Business report said Monday.
The report, by columnist Charles Gasparino, chided Ocasio-Cortez for not meeting with the banking bigs, who run some of the Big Apple’s largest private sector employers.
AOC was said to be possibly the only local elected official of any prominence who continued to refuse meetings with the banks, people with knowledge of the matter told the network.
But while Ocasio-Cortez may have shunned private sitdowns, she has not pulled any punches during hearings of the Financial Services Committee.
During a hearing earlier this month, she asked JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon why no top bankers were prosecuted after the 2008 financial collapse, which led to the Great Recession.
“I represent kids that go to jail for jumping a turnstile because they can’t afford a MetroCard,” Ocasio-Cortez told Dimon.
“Do you think that more folks should have gone to jail for their role in a financial crisis that led to 7.8 million foreclosures in the 10 years between 2007 and 2016?” she asked, winning plaudits for her tough questioning.
The freshman lawmaker’s office did not respond to Fox’s request for comment.
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