Ocasio-Cortez Regrets Costing NYC 25,000 Amazon Jobs As CoS Backpedals

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is backpedaling after pissing off Amazon, costing New York City 25,000 - 40,000 jobs after they decided to abandon plans for a New York City HQ2. 

AOC's money-shuffling chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti offered Bloomberg Television a vastly different message to AOC's February 14th celebration of 'defeating Amazon's corporate greed' - which NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) described as putting her own "narrow political interests" above her community

"What she was vocal about was the process by which it happened," explained Chakrabarti, completely ignoring the fact that the hill AOC died on revolved around the $3 billion in tax breaks the company would receive (which she repeatedly suggested was being "handed" to Amazon). 

In fact, AOC was vocal about far more than "the process by which it happened." 

  • She said Amazon wouldn't be a "good or healthy neighbor for NYC"
  • She railed against "giving $3 billion away to Amazon" in the form of tax breaks, calling it "dressed-up trickle-down economics"
  • She questioned whether the deal would in fact bring 25,000 jobs

Amazon cited AOC's vocal opposition as a key reason they decided not to move forward with a NY HQ2 in Queens. 

Speaking out about the withdrawal earlier this month, Amazon's head of policy communications, Jodi Seth, pointed blame at Ocasio-Cortez and her anti-Amazon rhetoric. 

'If you talk to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it's 'Never Amazon,'' she said. -Daily Mail

Following the decision, a billboard went in Times Square offering a mocking 'thanks' to Ocasio-Cortez for her opposition while members of both parties criticized her for helping kill the deal.

Meanwhile, Cuomo is begging Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to reconsider, according to the New York Timeswhich reports the Governor is "working intensely behind the scenes" to make a personal pitch. 

The governor has had multiple phone conversations with Amazon executives, including Mr. Bezos, over the past two weeks, according to two people with knowledge of the efforts. In those calls, Mr. Cuomo said he would navigate the company through the byzantine governmental process. -New York Times

Cuomo has offered guarantees for support for the project, according to the WSJ, while Amazon executives have given no indication that the company would reconsider. 

"I’ve had many conversations with Amazon. I hope that they reconsider," said Cuomo ad a Thursday event in Long Island. "It would be helpful if the State Senate said that they would approve it; that would be helpful. But in the meantime I haven’t heard any changes."

Perhaps Cuomo doesn't realize that AOC is the boss