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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Learned Her Most Important Lessons From Restaurants

The youngest woman ever elected to Congress ran much of her campaign out of a paper grocery bag behind the bar at a Manhattan taqueria.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez orders a pastrami taco, hold the guac. It’s a cloudy Monday in late August and we’re sitting at a four-top near the back of Flats Fix, a narrow Manhattan taqueria sidled up next to Union Square. This isn’t just another random interview-in-a-quiet-restaurant selection, though—and not just because this place isn’t quiet.

Until last February, Ocasio-Cortez spent most of her days working here, slinging tequila-based cocktails and living off tips from the happy hour crowd. Everyone knows her: the servers, the bartenders, the cooks, the regulars. “I haven’t been back in awhile,” she tells me, as yet another former coworker comes up for a hug. “Things have been a little crazy.”

Yes. A little crazy.

Last night Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

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