Ocasio-Cortez: Dem Pelosi Opponents Too Conservative

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said Monday that the group of Democrats seeking to block House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from regaining her speakership is too conservative and not diverse enough.

Sixteen Democrats signed a letter released on Monday in which they “committed” to not vote for Pelosi. But on MSNBC’s All In, Ocasio-Cortez said if left-wing Democrats just say “no” to Pelosi, that puts progressive Democrats “in a position where we end up with more conservative leadership.” She also said the group had “very few ideological diversity.”

“My standard in this is: I’m going to support the most progressive candidate that’s leading the party and right now that is Nancy Pelosi, in terms of running,” she continued. “I would like to see new, younger leadership, but I don’t want new leadership that’s more conservative.”