Women, meet mentors at cleveland.com’s Mentoring Monday summit in February

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Northeast Ohio women can meet dozens of mentors virtually through Mentoring Monday on Feb. 22.

The program presented by Advance Ohio, including The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com, will take place from noon to 2 p.m. and will be hosted on the online platform Remo.

Beate Blaich-Smith Agency Business Dev Lead for Advance Ohio says the program works to help local professional women create a network and learn from one another.

“It’s basically for all professional women who want to connect and learn from each other and get some advice from women in leadership positions,” says Blaich-Smith.

Last year, at the first Mentoring Monday, dozens of Northeast Ohio women from business, real estate, science, theater, non-profits, higher education, and more met to discuss careers and goals.

“It was fantastic, we had over 300 women in the room, and it was women from all walks of life,” says Blaich-Smith.

Blaich-Smith says the summit is not a “one size fits all” event, women from all walks of life and professional backgrounds are always encouraged to get involved with the program.

This year, though virtual, the program will continue to include one-on-one speed coaching, three to four short conversations with different mentors, and group sessions.

No keynote speaker has been chosen as of yet says Blaich-Smith.

New to the program is a pre-event podcast, featuring some of the sponsoring mentors, an expanded promotions plan, group discussion sponsorships, and a virtual gift bag.

Tickets are $30, available here. For $10 off, use the discount code EARLYBIRD.

The mentor list is expected to grow, here is a few of them:

Rebecca Ruppert McMahon Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Laura Johnston Content director, cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer, Advance Ohio – cleveland.com

Kellie Harris Plant Manager for our North American Aerospace, Saint – Gobain

Bethany Lemley Operations Supervisor, Government & Fine Arts, FedEx Custom Critical

Erin Senediak Sales Leader, FedEx Custom Critical

Ka-Pi Hoh, Ph.D. Organizational Change Management Director, The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company

Margaret Mitchell President, YWCA Greater Cleveland

Bethany Snyder Senior Territory Manager, Liberty Mutual

Marianne Parkinson Chief Marketing Officer, MarshBerry

Shelley Roth President, Pierres

Kenya Guess President & CEO, BonnieSpeed Logistics

Marianne Crosley President & CEO, Cleveland Leadership Center

Susan E Donlan Chief Communications Officer, KeyBank

Gloria Walas First Vice President, The Haas-Compass Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Kathy Hirko Owner, KAZ Company

Jody M. Wheaton Executive Director, Client Solutions & Programs, Corporate College, a Division of Cuyahoga Community College

Polly Hanff Global Regulatory Affairs & Quality Director, Saint – Gobain

Sandra Madison Owner and President, RPMI

Jane Christyson CEO, Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio

Carol Stefano Commercial and Technical Director, Aerospace, Saint – Gobain

Virginia Morrison Executive aide – Office of Vice President UTech/CIO, Case Western Reserve University

Susan Fuehrer VA Chief Executive – as President of Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity, MetroHealth

Kim Riley President, Hylant

Tari Rivera President, Regency Construction Services

Shirrell Greene Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metro Schools


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Meet The Women Who Could Become America’s First Female Secretary Of Defense Under Biden

Four different people have served as Defense Secretary in less than four years under Trump, and the recent termination of Mark Esper during a critical transition period places the secretary of defense position and in effect, the United States, in a somewhat vulnerable place. With the presidential inauguration a mere 58 days away and president-elect Joe Biden’s indication that key Cabinet roles will be announced in the near future, looking to the top contenders is this season’s political roadmap to clarity in what is to come. 

Laying out plans for a strong defense strategy and continuing or reversing Trump policies as to the U.S. military will be an early and critical test of Biden’s promises and deliveries. Two of the frontrunners for defense secretary are women. If Biden appoints one of them, she would be the first woman in the office’s 74-year history to hold the position. 

Michele Flournoy

Michele Flournoy, considered a frontrunner candidate, served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy during the Obama administration from 2009 to 2012 where she managed nearly 1,000 people. Prior to that she worked on national security issues at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and as a second principal deputy in the defense department during Clinton’s second term, for which her responsibilities included covering Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia.

A Harvard and Oxford graduate, Flournoy’s views on international affairs may be what Biden is looking for, but her recent experience as head of WestExec Advisors, where she deals with Fortune 100 companies may not put her in the best light with progressives.

One of the earlier agenda items in 2021 will be handling of the U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Trump’s administration will likely cut troops down from 4,500 to 2,500 by January 15. This so far sounds consistent with Biden’s plans since he has indicated he wants to keep a few thousand soldiers in Afghanistan to maintain a small but effective counterterrorism force. If the 2018 agreement between the U.S. and the Talibans stating that all forces will leave the country by Spring 2021 is enforced, then the number will shrink even more. Flournoy, however, has previously taken the opposite stance, supporting an increase in troops abroad. During the Obama administration, she supported adding up to 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, which Biden opposed. 

Flournoy shares Biden’s views as to the escalating threat that China poses, making her a likely pick. She wrote about how China’s rise as a competitor in technological areas will determine military advantage while underscoring her disapproval of how the U.S. is currently handling

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Meet The Danish Entrepreneur Selling Used Cycle Clothing Worn By Professional Riders

There was a lot of leftover Lycra when, in March 2019, British billionaire Sir James Ratcliffe bought the Team Sky cycling franchise and renamed the professional squad after his petrochemicals group Ineos.

There was another glut of obsolete cycling kit earlier this year when Team Ineos transformed into Team Ineos Grenadiers to align with Ratcliffe’s newbuild SUV, which goes into production next year.

With 29 professional riders on the Team Ineos Grenadiers payroll—the company behind the team reported a turnover of €51 million in 2019, which makes it double the size of its next biggest rival—that’s twice in short order that a whole bunch of team-branded jerseys, cycling shorts, and gilets became passé overnight.

What do professional cycling teams do with all this high-end but suddenly out-of-date kit? Many now sell it to ProOwnedCycling, a Danish startup that, in effect, recycles cycle clothing; cycle clothing either worn by pro riders or supplied to them and never worn.

“Some of the teams used to have end-of-season sales, but they are not set up for when a customer later needs to change an M for an L, or somebody needs a refund,” said Oscar Bjørn-Rosager who started ProOwnedCycling in partnership with Danish rider Casper Pedersen in 2015. (Pedersen left the business to turn professional—in October, the Team Sunweb rider won the 114th edition of the Paris–Tours cycling classic.)

“Others give the clothing to staff, but then it’s just more clothing lying in a pile at home, probably unused,” said 23-year-old Bjørn-Rosager.

“Staff can no longer be seen in public with it because it’s dated kit.”


ProOwnedCycling sells used, nearly-new and unopened clothing from many of the world’s best-known cycling teams. An unworn 2019 long-sleeved Team Ineos cycling jersey from noted Italian manufacturer Castelli costs much less than in the shops—but it’s last year’s colors and doesn’t sport the Grenadier logo.

It might not have been in shops at all. Most of the clothing available on ProOwnedCycling.com is team-issue equipment, not consumer-level replica kit, which can often be dumbed-down when sold commercially.

This is good for those wanting the very best in performance gear—so long as you are not fussed about former sponsor logos or dated colors—but there’s a catch: you have to have the body of a pro, too. Think skinny.

“Many amateur riders wouldn’t fit in this clothing,” admitted Bjørn-Rosager.

“This is not replica clothing—this is kit designed for the best athletes in the world, often custom-made to fit a rider.”

ProOwnedCycling.com features painfully truthful sizing charts and has videos talking customers through the often limited sizing choices—pros wear their kit tight so even tall riders may wear child-sized jerseys.

On the portly side and still want to ride in pro-level kit? ProOwnedCycling stocks clothing that isn’t so tight and tiny, such as shoe covers, arm warmers and helmets.

“Some teams also make clothing for support staff who ride, so we sometimes stock XL and XXL kits,” offered

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rural food banks struggle to meet surging demand

She tried not to panic. Ames dialed the local Safeway to see if they would take a large turkey order. No bulk orders, they said. Then Food Lion. No bulk orders. Giant next. No bulk orders. “But Sharon,” one supermarket representative told her, Ames would later recall. “You can still give them a gift card.”

“They can’t eat a gift card,” Ames responded.

It wasn’t just about turkey for Ames, or for many other providers feeding the millions of Americans pitched into hunger since March. The past year had seen a once-in-a-century pandemic. A manic stock market. Ten million pink slips and viral photos of cars in miles-long lines at food handouts. An estimated 8 million Americans had slipped below the poverty line since May, and more than 50 million Americans — or 1 in 6 people ― were expected to experience food insecurity by year’s end.

And that tide of need is likely to surge again soon. Without intervention from the federal government, the clock will run out on federal unemployment insurance and a nationwide eviction moratorium, leaving 12 million without benefits and 40 million renters at risk of eviction — all of which will impact food access, particularly in rural areas where food pantries are scare.

“We are expecting the need to rise significantly,” said Michael McKee, the chief executive of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, a distributor that partners with more than 200 pantries across rural Virginia. “Our concern, beyond the sheer numbers, will be the ability of our partner agencies to handle that surge.”

Ames had spent nearly a decade at the food bank, bending her seemingly endless energy and cheer into feeding Fauquier County’s hungry. The past year had meant new faces lining up at noon for the food bank’s daily distribution, new names and backstories for Ames to remember, new requests for donations and help she never had to make before. Ames felt those 600 turkeys weren’t just another meal, but a sign of stability for families that had little of it in the past eight months.

“I made a promise,” Ames would later explain.

So after learning about her predicament, Ames stepped outside toward a whiteboard near her loading dock.

At the top, Ames had an employee write “Turkey Donation Goal: 600.”

Beneath it, she wrote the date — Nov. 11 — and the number of turkeys the food bank had now: 25.

They had 10 days to get 575 more.

‘We’re preparing for a rough winter’

Like similar organizations anchored in cities and suburbs, food banks in rural areas have seen a spike in demand since the pandemic hit in March. But rural pantries run into their own unique challenges, according to Blue Ridge’s McKee.

“The pantries we are working with are in rural areas, so they’re smaller and they rely entirely on volunteers mostly in their 60s and 70s, so when the pandemic hit, we were quite concerned about the ability of our partner agencies to stay open,” he said.

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Meet the 5 women appointed to President-elect Joe Biden’s White House senior staff

From the beginning of his campaign, President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to have a diverse staff, stating in his in Delaware that “from the outset I wanted a campaign that represented America, and I think we did that. Now that’s what I want the administration to look like.”

Jen O'Malley Dillon standing in front of a building: Jen O'Malley Dillon is the Biden Campaign Manager.

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Jen O’Malley Dillon is the Biden Campaign Manager.

Following through on his promise, Biden has developed a transition team that consists of 46% people of color and 52% women, according to data obtained by CNN. When looking specifically at his senior staff, people of color make up 41% of those leaders and women make up 53%.

On Tuesday, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tweeted out who will be part of their senior White House staff. Showing a diverse group of nine individuals, including four men and five women, Biden and Harris reminded the public again of their “commitment to building an administration that looks like America.”

From Biden’s deputy chief of staff to his director of oval office operations, meet the five high-ranking women who will be part of the Biden-Harris White House team.

Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Deputy Chief of Staff

As Biden-Harris’ campaign manager, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon was the first woman to lead a successful Democratic presidential campaign.

She joined Biden’s campaign in March 2020, and was immediately forced to run operations remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to Biden’s campaign, the mom of three worked as the campaign manager for Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign and she served as deputy campaign manager for President Obama’s 2012 re-election. A graduate of Tufts University, O’Malley Dillon will now serve as Biden’s deputy chief of staff, making this her first White House position.

Dana Remus, White House Counsel

Dana Remus, who served as general counsel to the Biden-Harris campaign, will now serve as Biden’s White House Counsel.

A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Remus previously worked as general counsel for the Obama Foundation and served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy counsel for ethics during the Obama-Biden administration. Prior to her work in the Obama-Biden administration, Remus was a law professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She also worked as a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and she was an associate at the Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP law firm in New York.

In 2018, former president Barack Obama officiated her wedding to Brett Holmgren, who was a national security aide in the Obama White House, according to The New York Times.

Julissa Reynoso sitting at a table with a vase of flowers: United States Ambassador to Uruguay, Julissa Reynoso speaks onstage at Variety's Power of Women New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 24, 2015 in New York City.

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United States Ambassador to Uruguay, Julissa Reynoso speaks onstage at Variety’s Power of Women New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 24, 2015 in New York City.

Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden

Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, a partner at the law firm Winston

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At Vogue’s Forces of Fashion Conference, Industry Luminaries Prepare to Meet the Moment

A mix of in-studio interviews and video call conversations, Vogue’s fourth annual Forces of Fashion conference has, naturally, gotten the digital treatment. The two-day event which in previous years had eager crowds handing over a pretty penny to hear the likes of Kerby Jean-Raymond and other industry giants speak on their crafts, has pared down the price but decidedly not cut any corners on the experience. The conference, which began Monday, still included live Q & A participation from audience members and the opportunity to network with Vogue editors in break out rooms. Condé Nast artistic director and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour delivered opening and closing remarks and contributing editor Chloe Malle took on the role of host, ushering audiences from one “conference stage” to another with pithy call backs and jokes for each of the conversations.

Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, Fashion Director of GARAGE Magazine, kicked off the first panel of the conference, moderating an in-person dialogue between models Paloma Elesser, Precious Lee, and Tess McMillan, with Jill Kortleve video-conferencing in. The conversation set the tone for the rest of the day, opening up about specific issues and triumphs within the fashion industry but also the cultural moment at large. With greenery surrounding them and bottles of Pellegrino onstage, only the KN95 mask on Karefa-Johnson’s table and the Plexiglass panels between each speaker betrayed the Covid-era realties.

Later in the day, creative director and founder Jonathan Anderson called in from what he called his “marble nightclub,” but what most of us know as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Speaking with writer and director Reggie Yates, Anderson summed up the thesis of much of his work: “You cannot sell something today if it is culturally barren.” It applied to most of their 35 minute conversation as well, touching on sexuality, Black Lives Matter, and the role of fashion throughout the tumult of this year.

Audiences also got to hear Sarah Jessica Parker wax poetic about New York. In her eyes the city’s “chaos” has always been its beauty, even from a young age when she didn’t quite have the words for these feelings. She and designer Christopher John Rogers spoke with Vogue Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles and acknowledged how the city is continuing to become less and less accessible to artists (dancers, performers, fine artists, those in fashion and beyond). Some bold ideas for re-shaping the city followed, including Parker’s pitch for New York landlords to give breaks on rent and be more considerate so more people bring their talents and visions. Hear us out: SJP for mayor??

Lizzo and Moschino’s Jeremy Scott would drop the first (and only?) F-bombs of the day as the two gabbed affectionately in what felt more like a cocktail hour among friends. The conversation inevitably turned to the recent election and Lizzo’s get-out-the-vote efforts. But each lingered on their current relationship to time—in Lizzo’s case, taking time away in Mexico; for Scott it was slowing down and literally smelling the roses,

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Meet The Women Being Considered For Treasury Secretary

Now that electoral map projections have become a thing of the distant past, political pundits and commentators have turned to a new activity: Cabinet guessing games. Like with electoral college mapping, early decisions can send signals for what’s to come—in the Cabinet and beyond. Biden’s indicated that he’ll name a few key roles before Thanksgiving, and, right now, all eyes are on Treasury Secretary. 

Already there’s a vast transition team that’s assisting the Biden-Harris camp in selecting Cabinet nominees and other top roles at the federal level. Within that list are 26 people focused entirely on the Department of the Treasury. Many believe one of the first picks to come in the race for the Cabinet is Secretary of Treasury as they’ll face big challenges from the jump, needing to address key issues such as mass job losses, widespread wealth inequality and a recession with no clear end in sight. 

Biden has indicated that he wants a Cabinet that “looks like America,” so many expect he’ll look to name some historic firsts to the executive branch. Since Alexander Hamilton was named Treasury Secretary in 1789, there have been 77 secretaries in the role—all of which have been men, more specifically, white men. For that reason, many believe Biden will look to a woman to fill this post, and, at the moment, five top contenders fit the bill. 

Lael Brainard 

Lael Brainard is considered by most to be the front-runner for the job. Brainard is a Federal Reserve governor with a picture-perfect resume for the job. Brainard is a career scholar, previously having taught applied economics at MIT after receiving her graduate degrees from Harvard. She’s done a stint in the private sector working in management consulting at McKinsey & Company, the elite consulting firm known for advising leading governments and business institutions worldwide. Brainard is also a proven public official and has worked for two presidents as the Treasury’s undersecretary for international affairs during President Obama’s first term and as an economic advisor to President Clinton. 

As the last Federal Reserve governor not to have been nominated by the Trump administration, Brainard has earned a spotlight by breaking ranks and dissenting to several deregulatory policy proposals—something that rarely happens in the Fed. Much like Biden, Brainard’s career has reflected a centrist position that’s shifted to the left in recent years. Many like

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Meet The Fashion Historian Who Uses Twitter To Uncover Black America’s Influence On Billion-Dollar Industry

Meet Shelby Ivey Christie, a New York-based, fashion and costume historian who is changing and challenging the way the world views fashion by highlighting the overlooked Black contributions to the billion-dollar industry. Christie combines nearly ten years of professional fashion experience, having worked at Vogue, InStyle, and W Magazine, with her academic background in history and costume design from NYU to examine fashion and dress through the lens of race, class, and culture.

She’s passionate about connecting the dots to discover how economics, culture and society intersect with fashion. What makes Christie unique is her uncanny ability to utilize her social media and research skills to provide in-depth analysis to unearth untold Black fashion stories and narratives for her massive Twitter following. Her Twitter handle, @bronze_bombSHEL, has a loyal and engaged audience of 39,000 and it’s there she curates Twitter threads of engaging digital history lessons by using memes, Gifs, and colloquialisms specific to the Black community. Whether it’s creating Twitter threads on one of YSL’s model muses, or Beyoncé’s Homecoming looks at Coachella, she explores the intersectionality of Black culture and fashion to create visibility and awareness of the often-forgotten influence of Black people on fashion for centuries.

Her in-depth research, primary sources, and transformation of historical text with internet content like memes and trending topics to make academic subjects more accessible, has allowed her to garner interest from fashion luminaries like Gucci Creative Director and Black designer, Dapper Dan, Anifa Mvuemba, Zerina Akers. Christie has also partnered with notable high profiled brands Netflix, CFDA, and TIDAL. Through her tireless and meticulous research, she has solidified herself as a reputable and trusted expert of Black fashion and costume design history. 

Dominique Fluker: How did you become a notable fashion and costume historian? 

Shelby Ivey Christie: My career journey has been dual-pathed. I got my start in fashion interning at W Magazine in Fall 2011. I had dropped out of college at NC A&T SU a year prior. I had enrolled in college as a fashion merchandising major. However, I was also beginning to be interested in history. Against my parent’s wishes, I snuck and changed my major to History, but then I missed my previous fashion curriculum. I returned to NC A&T SU in 2012 as a History major and earned my B.A. in Race, Class, and Culture in 2015. Upon graduating, I interned at InStyle Magazine in the accessories department.

I hadn’t previously exposed to the business side of fashion, but I had my sights set on it as my next step. After my internship concluded at the end of the summer, I threw myself into researching and applying to market roles, and I landed at Mindshare as an Associate Media Planner. A year and a half into my time there, I was recruited to join Vogue’s Digital media team as a Media Planner.

I love the business side of luxury

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Meet The Fashion Designer Redefining Style

Rejina Pyo posing for a picture: Editors clamour to get a seat at her shows, influencers pay to wear her dresses, while many say she’s the nicest woman working in fashion. Rejina Pyo is the woman making clothes everybody wants

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Editors clamour to get a seat at her shows, influencers pay to wear her dresses, while many say she’s the nicest woman working in fashion. Rejina Pyo is the woman making clothes everybody wants

If you were to describe Rejina Pyo, you’d reach for the most polite adjectives – sweet, nice or just lovely, ‘so, so lovely’, as she has been described by everyone, from former interns to the most curmudgeonly members of the fashion press.

We meet on one of the hottest days of August, at the end of a marathon six-hour shoot, spread across four locations. Everyone, from assistants to art directors, is exhausted, flush-faced and huffing beneath surgical masks in the stifling heat. Everyone except Pyo, who sits in the centre of it all, cool as a mill pond, with a smile that spreads slowly across her face, reaching her eyes.

If you don’t know Pyo by name, you will almost certainly recognise the styles for which she has become known: easy-to-wear separates, elegant ‘with a twist, a little detail’ that make everyday styles less ordinary. Those, and the puff-shouldered midi-dresses – which have spawned a thousand high-street copycats since Pyo launched her brand in 2014, spreading virally on social media as influencers flocked to post selfies of themselves wearing her signature, statement-silhouette ‘Greta’ dress.

Seen on everyone from Man Repeller founder Leandra Medine to influencer-editors Eva Chen and Kate Foley, Pyo’s styles proved to be Instagram catnip. She has amassed more than 100 stockists worldwide, including Net-A-Porter and Harvey Nichols, as well as a growing list of celebrity fans (with Meghan Markle as the latest addition). Yet 37-year-old Pyo almost packed it all in, after nearly going broke to fund her own business.

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fashion designer rejina pyo

‘I suppose I’ve always been quite independent,’ Pyo says, wrinkling her nose, then laughing, while trying to make sense of the decision she made to move 5,500 miles across the globe from South Korea to London in her early twenties – despite having comfortably established a career in her home city. Born and raised in the Gangnam district, Seoul (‘Like the song,’ she says), style was very much in Pyo’s background, with a mother who worked in fashion before turning her hand to interior design and art. ‘My mum had lots of different careers and interests,’ Pyo explains. ‘She loved old antiques, so our house was full of old furniture – always dark brown wood with special little details and random objects. I would go to friends’ houses and see everything was new, with white Ikea furniture and modern lines. I was like, ‘Mum, why is our house like this?!’

It’s a mix of antique details and clean, modern lines that Pyo has since made her USP (square-neck blazers with burnished, old-doorknob-like buttons and sharp, pointed pumps with sculptural heels are among her bestselling pieces). ‘I always wanted to be a fashion designer,’ she says. However, that certainty still came with a few

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Meet the 22-Year-Old Who Created a Successful Clothing Brand in 3 Years All by Himself

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Why AOC Unleashed Her Fire Early

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) had heard enough.Shortly after Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) vented about progressives nearly destroying the Democrats’ House majority in a strongly worded phone conversation with colleagues—one that instantly leaked to the press—Ocasio-Cortez decided she had to hit back, quickly and publicly. She immediately worked out an interview with New York Times and then with CNN.In interviews with The Daily Beast, multiple sources with knowledge of the newly re-elected congresswoman’s thinking said that the Saturday Q&A with the newspaper was a direct response to Spanberger’s remarks, which were amplified by other moderates over the weekend. By going to the Times, she was performing both rapid response to the proliferating post-election narrative that the left cost the party seats and sounding an alarm about tactical, fixable problems within the Democratic Party.She also was, in effect, unleashing the left’s opening salvo against Democratic centrists in a war that all sides expect will rage throughout the Biden years, this time about their backwards approach to campaigning in competitive areas across the country.“100 percent of it’s planned and strategic,” said a source with insight into Ocasio-Cortez’s messaging style. “If she’s out there taking shots in the New York Times, it’s going to be easier for WFP, PCCC, Justice Democrats down the line,” the source added, referencing the grassroots organizations the Working Families Party and the Progressive Campaign Change Committee.On Nov. 5, before the race had been officially called, narrowly, in Spanberger’s favor, she said angrily on the call that “we lost members who shouldn’t have lost,” starting on what ended up being a lengthy diagnosis of the perceived errors leading up to Election Day from the left flank.“We need to not ever use the words ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again,” she said. “Because while people think it doesn’t matter, it does matter. And we lost good members because of that.” She went on to lambaste the slogan “defund the police” as causing more losses in the lower chamber, a message strongly endorsed by the third-highest-ranking elected Democrat in the House, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC).After Spanberger threw what was considered to be a grenade, progressives quickly mobilized.Going to the Times made sense. Back in April, Ocasio-Cortez selected the paper as a medium to discuss the issues she thought were defining the party, but that weren’t getting enough serious attention. In the Q&A, she divulged that the Biden campaign had not yet contacted her and reiterated problems she detected in segments of his outreach to key constituencies, including Latinos.This time, the implications stretched beyond just a sting from Spanberger and some bad press. She stressed the importance of using better digital functions, which have helped candidates win certain districts, while also mentioning Democrats who won their campaigns by running as tried-and-true progressives, like incoming Reps. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) and Cori Bush (D-MO).“We know about extreme vulnerabilities in how Democrats run campaigns,” she told the paper. “I have been defeating Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee-run campaigns

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