Aiming for U.S. House Seat, Ocasio-Cortez Tweets About the 'Gini Coefficient'

By Susan Jones | July 3, 2018 | 11:05am EDT
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez describes herself as a Justice Democrat. (Photo from her campaign website)

( - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the young "Justice Democrat" who defeated Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in last week's primary, is tweeting about income inequality -- obliquely.

She wrote on Tuesday morning: "Wondering: How many other House Democrats have a degree in Economics like I do? Trying to find who out here is going to be in the Gini Coefficient Appreciation Squad."

The Gini coefficient, according to Wikipedia, "is a measure of statistical dispersion intended to represent the income or wealth distribution of a nation's residents, and is the most commonly used measurement of inequality."

Also on Tuesday morning, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: "I am proud to be a Justice Democrat (@justicedems). JD's effort to support working class, non-corporate candidates is how I got here.

"There are over 60 Justice Democrats nationwide. If even a few of us make it through, we can have a corporate-free caucus in Congress," she said.

Ocasio-Cortez, now 28 year old, is expected to win a House seat in November, given the heavy Democrat tilt of her district.

Her campaign website says, "The Bronx and Queens deserve a working class leader." Recent reports, however, note that the candidate grew up in wealthy Westchester county. Her campaign website addresses that inconvenience this way: "After growing up experiencing the reality of New York’s rising income inequality, Ocasio-Cortez dedicated her life to education organizing, economic study, and activism..."

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