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Embattled Ocasio-Cortez Aides Are Leaving Capitol Hill

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Two
of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aides who were
instrumental in forging her unexpected path to victory last year are
leaving Capitol Hill, less than a month after one of them ignited a
firestorm by challenging Speaker Nancy Pelosi and comparing moderate
House Democrats to segregationists. = House Democrats had been
privately calling for the ouster of Saikat Chakrabarti, Ms.
Ocasio-Cortez’s embattled chief of staff. He and Corbin Trent, her
communications director, had gone to Capitol Hill determined to wage
their confrontational brand of progressive politics forged as leaders
of Justice Democrats, a group dedicated to unseating entrenched
Democratic lawmakers through primary campaigns. Justice Democrats
helped Ms. Ocasio-Cortez sweep to power with the defeat of a veteran
House Democrat, Joseph Crowley. But less than a year later, after a
bruising skirmish this summer with Democratic leadership, both are
calling it quits, they told The Intercept on Friday. Their departures
will be seen as Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s most tangible peace offering
since her private meeting last week with Ms. Pelosi.

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