Next round is on the House.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was in good spirits after her GOP counterpart Kat Cammack of Florida joked that Democrats were celebrating the Republican Party’s second day of unsuccessfully bickering over who should be the new House speaker.
“They want us divided,” Cammack said Wednesday on the House floor. “That much has been made clear by the popcorn and blankets and alcohol that is coming up over there.”
Republicans narrowly won a majority in the House of Representatives in November, though Rep. Kevin McCarthy was unable to muster support for the speaker job in six consecutive votes.
Ocasio-Cortez, a former bartender, responded to Cammack’s jibe by jokingly wishing her colleagues had libations to ease the pain.
“If only!” the New York Democrat tweeted. “If Dems took a shot every time McCarthy lost a Republican, we’d all be unconscious by now.”
Her tweet included an animated graphic of a cocktail glass. She added a historical “fun fact” claiming that boozing it up in the U.S. Capitol wouldn’t be unprecedented.
“Way back in the day there used to be large wooden boxes in the cloakroom for members to stash their flasks and bottles before walking onto the floor,” Ocasio-Cortez stated. “The boxes were preserved and are now kept in the Library of Congress!”
NBC News reporter Jake Sherman said Democrats asked to have Commack’s quip stricken from the record, but that there is no process in place for that clarification to be recorded.