Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who lost her bid for re-election last month, doesn’t understand the buzz around incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-NY), according to The Hill.
In an exit interview with CNN, McCaskill said she wishes Ocasio-Cortez well, but advised the rising Democratic star to walk the walk.
"I'm a little confused why she's the thing,” McCaskill told CNN. “But it's a good example of what I'm talking about, a bright shiny new object, came out of nowhere and surprised people when she beat a very experienced congressman."
Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist, shocked the political world when she unseated longtime Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York's 14th Congressional District primary earlier this year.
In the time since she announced her candidacy for the House, Ocasio-Cortez has become something of a rockstar in the progressive movement, drawing “national attention to her calls for progressive legislation as well as to her fiery responses to conservative figures”.
“She's now talked about a lot,” McCaskill said of the 29-year-old. “I’m not sure what she's done yet to generate that kind of enthusiasm, but I wish her well. I hope she hangs the moon.”
"The rhetoric is cheap,” she added. “Getting results is a lot harder."