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AOC named most partisan Democrat in Congress: study

Playing nice with others isn’t Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ strong suit.

AOC was declared the least bipartisan Democrat in the House of Representatives, according to a new study.

The nonpartisan rankings are a joint project of The Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and are drawn from official data on how often a representative co-sponsors legislation with members of the opposing party.

Ocasio-Cortez ranked 427 out of 437 members of the House with a bipartisanship score well below the average that researchers established over a 28-year period. The 10 House members rated lower than AOC were all Republicans.

None of the 21 bills Ocasio-Cortez sponsored had a Republican co-sponsor, and of the 444 bills AOC signed onto as a co-sponsor, only 17 were introduced by Republicans, a rep for the Lugar center told The Post.

Also rating low in bipartisanship were AOC’s “Squad” mates. Coming in at 426th was Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and in 424th place was Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib scored 414th.

“Obviously members come into Congress with particular agenda and I think [Ocasio-Cortez] has been pretty straightforward about her agenda,” Dan Diller, Policy Director at the Lugar Center told The Post.

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AOC has so far intensely focused on left-wing priorities, including a fracking ban, a federal overhaul of public housing, and a plan to provide full federal public benefits to illegal aliens.

The tristate area did have some pols who worked well with colleagues across the aisle.

Rep. John Katko, a moderate Republican from Syracuse, was declared the second most bipartisan members of the 116th House, outranking every Democrat. Republican Rep. Peter King, serving out his final term in Long Island, came in No. 4. Rep. Elise Stefanik, who recently became the GOP’s third ranking Congress member, came in 13th. New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer — a known Squad opponent — was ranked the most bipartisan Democrat and third most bipartisan member overall.

Rep. John Katko
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“Since coming to Congress, I’ve successfully worked in a bipartisan manner to advance legislation to combat the opioid epidemic, secure our nation, expand access to mental healthcare, support our pandemic response, and address a host of other issues of local importance,” Katko crowed in a press release when the data was published.

The center also reviewed the Senate, where New York’ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand scored a below-average 69th ranking. Sen. Chuck Schumer, was excluded from the ranking as he is a member of leadership.

The news comes just weeks after a similar analysis declared Ocasio-Cortez one of the least effective members of Congress. The freshman was dinged for introducing a flurry of bills that went nowhere.

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“AOC and her Socialist Squad’s far-left policy ideas make them better suited to serve in Maduro’s National Assembly,” Staten Island Rep. Nicole Malliotakis scoffed, referencing Venezuela’s dictator. Malliotakis, a freshman, will be measured on her bipartisan performance in next year’s rankings.

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