Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) ditched her lockdown Democratic state of New York, to ring in 2022 at the sunny freedom-loving of Florida.
The progressive firebrand was seen drinking and dining outdoor at Doraku Izakaya and Sushi restaurant in Miami Beach with her boyfriend. The images where Ocasio-Cortez and her boyfriend were both maskless, enjoying the freedom Florida has to offer, were obtained by National Review and published late Thursday.
Ocasio-Cortez's winter getaway comes as New York City is currently experiencing record-breaking numbers of COVID-19 cases reported from the Omicron variant, setting a new record for the second day in a row reporting more than 74,000 new cases Thursday. The Empire State is also dealing with a record number of first responders staffing shortages, with more than 20% of the NYPD officers and 30% of paramedics calling out sick Thursday.
Meanwhile, incoming New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who will be sworn after the traditional midnight ball drop in Times Square, said he plans to keep the outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio's controversial coronavirus vaccine mandate in place. He finally broke his silence after weeks Thursday, stating that he plans to leave in place the nation's first city private-sector employee vaccine mandate but will "focus on compliance, not punishment."
Team DeSantis welcomed the progressive visit to the Sunshine State and even recommended a restaurant she should dine in next.
"Welcome to Florida, AOC! We hope you're enjoying a taste of freedom here in the Sunshine State thanks to @RonDeSantisFL's leadership," the tweet reads.
P.S. We recommend the Rock Shrimp Roll and the Aoki Tai the next time you decide to dine in Miami.
— Team DeSantis (@teamrondesantis) December 31, 2021
"PS We recommend the Rock Shrimp Roll and the Aoki Tai the next time you decide to dine in Miami. Cheers!" the follow-up tweet reads.
DeSantis' press secretary Christina Pushaw reminded AOC how Florida is a free state as opposed to New York, a state filled with mandates and fear due to Democratic-controlled leadership.
"Florida is so dangerous & scary that AOC decided to go on vacation in Miami this week. You know it's a free state when even a Democrat can enjoy cocktails without being forced to show her papers or wear a mask," Pushaw tweeted.
Florida lieutenant governor Jeanette Núñez also chimed in on Ocasio-Cortez's visit to the Sunshine State.
Ocasio-Cortez fired back at the Team DeSantis tweet to criticize DeSantis and accuse him of being "inexplicably missing."
"Hasn't Gov. DeSantis been inexplicably missing for like 2 weeks? If he's around, I would be happy to say hello. His social media team seems to have been posting old photos for weeks. In the meantime, perhaps I could help with local organizing. Folks are quite receptive here :)," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
"I'd also be happy to share some notes from @GovKathyHochul's work in NY since he seems to be in need of tips!" AOC added in another tweet.
Pushaw responded to Ocasio-Cortez's tweet, clapping back with a reminder that DeSantis has been accompanying his wife to her cancer treatment appointments.
"Embarrassing, even for you," Pushaw responded back to AOC tweet, linking an article of DeSantis's whereabouts.
DeSantis has not held a public event since Dec. 20, leading liberals and mainstream media to unleash attacks towards the Florida governor, as they fail to report on President Biden being on vacation in Rehoboth Beach as multiple crises occur. However, it was reported that DeSantis is accompanied his wife, First Lady Casey DeSantis, to her cancer treatment.
The Florida governor announced in October that his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer, telling The Floridian at the time that as "the mother of three young children, Casey is the centerpiece of our family and has made an impact on the lives of countless Floridians through her initiatives as first lady."
DeSantis communications staffer Kyle Lamb also responded to liberal outrage on Twitter who falsely reported that the Florida governor was on vacation.
"Just FYI, [DeSantis] is not on vacation. Literally no one from our office has said that he is. Anyone pushing that could have easily seen the public schedule and seen that he's taking calls and meetings this past week. Not having public events does not = "vacation," Lamb tweeted.
Ocasio-Cortez's office did not respond to The Floridian's multiple requests for comment.