NEW YORK – Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized a prominent conservative group Wednesday night for erecting a billboard in New York City’s Times Square criticizing her for running Amazon out of the state.
“Few things effectively communicate the power we’ve built in fighting dark money & anti-worker policies like billionaire-funded groups blowing tons of cash on wack billboards (this one is funded by the Mercers),” she tweeted, noting the conservative group Job Creators Network funded the billboard. The group is tied to the Mercer Family Foundation.
Amazon’s decision to ding a planned New York campus will cost the city thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in lost economic activity, the billboard claims.
“Thanks For Nothing, AOC!” the sign reads.
Ocasio-Cortez and other local politicians and activists publicly opposed Amazon’s move to the city.
The multi-billion dollar company cited local opposition as its reason for pulling out of the project. Protests against Amazon popped up in opposition to the deal. But there was also a fair amount of support for it, especially from people in Ocasio-Cortez’s district. A Quinnipiac poll conducted Feb. 6 found New York City voters approved of the plan 57 — 26 percent.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized the young lawmaker, claiming Sunday during a segment of “Meet the Press” that Ocasio-Cortez didn’t understand how the deal was supposed to work, and her lack of understanding coupled with her vocal activism cost New York a great opportunity.
The state’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo was similarly upset after Amazon vacated, arguing local politicians have done “tremendous damage” to the city.