Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star in vanguard news today , to school House Democrats on Twitter use .
WASHINGTON : Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dances outside her office, solicits instant-pot recipes and gets into fights on Twitter. Soon you may see other Democrats taking a page from her social media playbook.
The House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee is hosting a session Thursday morning with Ocasio-
Cortez of New York (@AOC – 2.42 million followers) and Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut (@jahimes – 76,500 followers) “on the most effective ways to engage constituents on Twitter and the importance of digital storytelling.”
The lesson comes as a generational divide between members of Congress and the tech platforms they oversee has been on full display.
Hearings with the heads of Facebook and Google over the past year showed that some lawmakers didn’t understand how the platforms made money – or even what they did.
“The older generation of members and senators is pretty clueless on the social media platforms. It’s pretty clear that a lot of members have 25-year-olds in their offices,” running their social media, Himes said.
The decision to invite Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman, signals the party’s attempt to bring in fresh voices – even when those voices don’t always agree with leadership.
Ocasio-Cortez has made a splash in the nation’s capital ever since she successfully unseated Rep. Joe Crowley, the Democratic caucus chairman, in a primary. On her first day in Washington she joined climate change activists for a sit-in at Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s office.
“Alexandria has very quickly built a national progressive following,” Himes told USA TODAY. He described his own following as “more typical of most members.” But both lawmakers will have useful insight for colleagues trying to amp up their followings, he said.