Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest congresswoman ever elected, has been making national headlines since even before her stunning primary defeat of long-time Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in June. A champion of Medicare for All and a Green New Deal, she has publicly challenged the leaders of the Democratic Party—including presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—to embrace bold and increasingly popular progressive policies.

Her advocacy for more ambitious and leftist measures—as she and other political commentators noted Tuesday—is enabled in part by her refusal to cozy up to big business or accept any corporate PAC money. As a “people-funded” incoming congresswoman, she’ll also have more time to focus on actual policymaking, as The Intercept‘s Ryan Grim pointed out on Twitter:

And she’ll need that time if she wants to continue successfully taking on—in the words of The Week‘s Ryan Cooper—her party’s “corrupt and mealy-mouthed” more “moderate” faction.

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