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Ocasio-Cortez Staffer Lights Fire to D.C. Swamp: People Here are ‘Careerists’ Trying to ‘Get to K Street’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s (D-NY) team is wasting no time trying to drain the swamp.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Dan Riffle — a legislative assistant for the high-profile freshman congresswoman — took a shot at fellow Democratic Capitol Hill staffers, calling them Ivy League “careerists” looking to score lobbying jobs on K Street.

Here’s Riffle’s comment, from the Post‘s report:

“I remember getting to the Hill thinking, ‘The staffers here are going to mostly be activists and idealists.’ Then I got here, and I found out that’s not true at all. These are careerists. These are people who grew up on the Upper West Side and went to Ivy League schools.”

“I don’t mean to paint too broad a brush. But these are people who don’t think big and aren’t here to change the world. They’re here because it’s a good, safe, stable job, and this is a good platform to get to K Street. Which is what the vast majority of Democratic Hill staffers do.”

Riffle’s take drew some outrage on Twitter:

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