The Colorado Republican told readers: “Consider how Sandy Cortez, a girl who grew up in the affluent neighborhood of Yorktown Heights, New York, turned herself into the virtue-signaling, wildly popular paragon of progressivism and wannabe socialist congresswoman we now know as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”
Dunking on the New York progressive’s name — she was called Sandy in high school — has been a common line of attack for conservatives who want to challenge her authenticity and working-class roots.
Representatives for O’Rourke and Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only Democrat who got a name check from Boebert. She also cited ex-Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a former presidential candidate who is now running for governor of Texas, as an example of “political contrivance.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert slammed what she considers Democrats’ “icky” political tactics in her new memoir — including the name “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”
“This tactic feels icky, gross, and manipulative because that’s exactly what it is,” she wrote in the newly-released memoir, “My American Life.”
“And since ‘Beto’ is a common Latino nickname for ‘Roberto,’ surely he’s Hispanic, people thought. Not even close,” Boebert wrote. “The entire image he presented was a mirage, a purely political contrivance.”
She quoted a Dallas Morning News story that said O’Rourke’s late father Pat, a politician and El Paso County judge, once explained nicknaming his son “Beto” because it would give him a better chance running for office in El Paso than he would have as “Robert Francis O’Rourke.”
“So it was all a con — sort of like the time Hillary Clinton spoke in a fake southern accent on a campaign trip down south,” Boebert wrote. “It’s a page ripped from the DNC playbook, which they’ve used with great success and likely always will.”