A left-wing group with ties to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pressuring President-elect Joe Biden to use executive orders for liberal policies to revive the economy — including the Green New Deal — when he takes control of the White House in January.
New Consensus sent Biden a seven-page manifesto Wednesday suggesting that he become the Franklin Delano Roosevelt of the 21st Century, mobilizing the massive government machinery at his disposal to fix the nation’s creaky infrastructure and limping manufacturing sectors amid the coronavirus pandemic while creating sustainable jobs of the future.
New Consensus was founded by Saika Chakrabarti, who served as Ocasio-Cortez’s controversial campaign manager for her initial run for office and as her first chief of staff in Congress. The brash-talking former confidante left AOC’s office amid claims he skirted campaign fundraising rules.
The group’s press spokesman, Corbin Trent, was formerly AOC’s communications director for her congressional office and initial campaign.
The group helped the congresswoman craft her