Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is known for her social media clapbacks. The New York Democrat recently called out the congressional orientation for freshman members for featuring too many corporate CEOs and a contributor to the Washington Examiner for “calling [her] the B-word.”
One of her callouts became the fuel for a years-long dispute between former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and the state of Rhode Island.
On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez responded to the double standards she has witnessed in press coverage of herself compared to Paul Ryan, who was elected to the House of Representatives at 28-years-old, the same age Ocasio-Cortez was when she won her primary election.
Double standards are Paul Ryan being elected at 28 and immediately being given the benefit of his ill-considered policies considered genius; and me winning a primary at 28 to immediately be treated with suspicion & scrutinized, down to my clothing, of being a fraud. https://t.co/KipcyHaaAb— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 10, 2018
Schilling replied to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet on Tuesday, challenging her reasoning.
“You are being scrutinized and treated with suspicion because every time you speak you say something more stupid than the last time you spoke,” Schilling said on Twitter. “You are a college graduate and likely the most unintelligent person, man or woman, in our government.”
Later that day, Ocasio-Cortez’s fellow congressmember David Cicilline of Rhode Island’s 1st District responded to Schilling, dredging up some old beef between the New Englanders.
“Curt, you still owe my state $75 million. Maybe worry about that before you go after [Ocasio-Cortez] again...,” Cicilline said in the tweet.
That $75 million is in reference to Schilling’s video game company, 38 Studios, which moved to Providence from Maynard in 2011 after Rhode Island guaranteed the company a $75 million loan in exchange for 38 Studios promising to create 450 jobs in the state.
The company laid off its entire staff in May 2012 and filed for bankruptcy in June of that year.
Rhode Island State Police later investigated the deal offered to the failed video game company and in February 2017, a judge approved a $16 million settlement, the final in a series of settlements totalling $61 million that brought an end to the case against 38 Studios.