“Our district is 70 percent people of color, and we have never had a person of color represent us in American history,” she told NowThis.
Ocasio-Cortez grew up in the Bronx. Her dad ran a business and her mother, from Puerto Rico, cleaned houses. She received degrees in economics and international relations from Boston University, and worked for Senator Ted Kennedy. When her father died of cancer in 2008, she took on two jobs in New York to make ends meet. One of those jobs was behind the bar. A photo of her shaking a cocktail is still on the first page of the Flats Fix website.
“I was taking brunch orders, with the AC off, and people from progressive political groups were calling me,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Chicago Tribune about the days leading up to her decision to run. Nelson Armando, who works at Flats Fix, told the New York Post that “people would come in just to see her” even before she ran.
Ocasio-Cortez faces Republican Anthony Pappas in November. There are seven Democrats for every one Republican in New York City, Money reports, and she is expected to win. Regardless of any political leanings, we think the country will benefit from having more bartenders in office.