Squad goals: Fight socialism, reboot the Republican image, dunk on AOC.
Congresswoman-elect Nicole Malliotakis, soon to be the New York City delegation’s lone Republican member, is taking direct aim at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with an “anti-socialist squad” of fellow freshmen whose families, like hers, fled communist regimes.
“We need to form our own ‘squad.’ We have a group of new Republicans who love America. We value freedom, liberty and opportunity,” Malliotakis, 40, told The Post.
“We need someone who is going to be a counterbalance to AOC,” she said.
Malliotakis, a state Assemblywoman from Staten Island who lost a mayoral bid against Mayor de Blasio in 2017, beat first-term Democratic Rep. Max Rose last week in the 11th Congressional District that encompasses her right-leaning home borough and a swath of southern Brooklyn. Rose conceded the race Thursday.
Malliotakis said the Democratic Party’s leftist agenda in the House has gone largely unchecked — until now, after a spate of surprise