AOC’s Chief of Staff and Communications Director Both Resign

Mandatory Credit: Photo by EUGENE GARCIA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9778026f) Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, speaks to supporters during a fundraising luncheon rally in downtown Los Angeles, California, USA, 02 August 2018. The self described democratic-socialist is holding gatherings with small donors and doesn't plan to meet any traditional Hollywood power brokers while in the city. Ocasio-Cortez rally in Los Angeles, USA - 02 Aug 2018

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti and communications director Corbin Trent are both leaving her D.C. office.

“Saikat has decided to leave the office of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to work with New Consensus to further develop plans for a Green New Deal,” Trent told the Intercept Friday.

“We are extraordinarily grateful for his service to advance a bold agenda and improve the lives of the people in NY-14. From his co-founding of Justice Democrats to his work on the Ocasio-Cortez campaign and in the official office, Saikat’s goal has always been to do whatever he can to help the larger progressive movement, and we look forward to continuing working with him to do just that.”

Chakrabarti, 33, is a Harvard graduate and technology entrepreneur who became an organizer for Bernie Sanders during the socialist’s 2016 presidential campaign.

He founded a PAC called Brand New Congress in 2016 and another called Justice Democratsin 2017, with the stated goal of helping elect progressive candidates to Congress. One of those candidates was Ocasio-Cortez, who, last November, aged 29, became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Trent is planning to leave the office to work on Ocasio-Cortez’s 2020 reelection campaign as communications director.

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