Ocasio-Cortez applauds Merkley for opposing Rahm Emanuel’s nomination

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez is ‘Come on Brandon!’ a form of hate speech? Hillicon Valley – Feds Target Groups Critical to National Security Ocasio-Cortez Defends Climate Provisions in Spending Bill: ‘I Have to Live in This Future’ MORE (DN.Y.) praised Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff Merkley Meet the Artist Behind Enes Kanter’s Anti-Beijing Shoes Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by American Clean Power – Democrats Prepare to Question Oil Executives Senate Democrats Propose Sanctions for Federal Reserve Officials Who do not follow the code of ethics MORE (D-Ore.) Wednesday for doing “the right thing” by opposing Rahm Emanuel’s nomination to be the US ambassador to Japan.

“Thanks @SenJeffMerkley. This was the right and brave thing to do, ”the New York Democrat tweeted Wednesday morning.

Earlier Wednesday, Merkley said he would not support the former Chicago mayor’s candidacy to be Japan’s ambassador amid the scrutiny Emanuel has been facing over his administration’s handling of the 2014 police shooting against Laquan McDonald, which occurred while Emanuel was in office. Mayor.

“Black lives matter. Here in the halls of Congress, it is important that we not only speak and believe these words, but put them into action in the decisions we make. I have carefully considered Mayor Emanuel’s record, and the opinion of civil rights leaders, criminal justice experts, and local elected officials who have approached the Senate for input, and I have come to the decision that I cannot support his nomination to serve as a United States Ambassador, ”he said. Merkley in a statement.

“While I respect Mayor Emanuel’s many years of service and the views of my colleagues who have come to a different conclusion, I will vote ‘no’ when his nomination comes before the committee,” he added.

Emanuel has come under scrutiny for his administration’s handling of the shooting that occurred in October 2014 in which police shot McDonald, a black teenager, 16 times. While Emanuel was mayor of Chicago, dash cam footage of the incident was kept under wraps for more than a year before it was finally made public.

Ocasio-Cortez, among other progressives, criticized the announcement of Emanuel’s nomination.

“That the Biden administration seeks to reward Emanuel with an ambassador is a disgrace and a betrayal of the values ​​we seek to defend both within our nation and around the world,” the New York Democrat said in a statement in early September. “I urge the Senate to vote NO on his confirmation.”

It is unclear if Emanuel will have the votes to be confirmed given that Sen. Ed markeyEd Markey Michelle Wu, elected as Boston’s first mayor, Democrats seek to establish green bank for clean energy projects Balance / Sustainability – Presented by Delta – Electric Plane Makes Record Flight MORE (D-Mass.) Also voted against his nomination, while Senators Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) And Jim RischJim Elroy RischOvernight Defense & National Security – Presented by Boeing – US ‘Deeply Alarmed’ by Reports of Military Takeover in Sudan USA ‘Deeply Alarmed’ by Reports of Military Takeover in Sudan Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented by Raytheon Technologies Taiwan MORE (R-Idaho) said they supported him.


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