There were a flurry of news stories today about a study that determined that, from a legislative point of view, AOC was one of the least effective members of Congress. She was ranked 230th out of 240 Democrats, having introduced 12 pieces of “substantive legislation,” none of which made it out of committee or became law.
Personally, I’m more concerned about the fact that my Congressman, Colin Allred, is ranked 231st. AOC, at the very least, can make the argument that she’s an effective advocate for her positions and that she’s laying the groundwork for a movement. What the Hell has Colin Allred been doing for the past two years?
Even if he’s not productive, Colin Allred will probably have a seat in Congress for as long as he wants it. With redistricting approaching and Texas set to gain a lot of seats, it seems likely that my district will be split apart, with the end result being that Allred gets a safe blue district and new, light red district is created for someone like Genevieve Collins. After Allred beat Pete Sessions by a larger than expected margin in 2018, there were some talk of Allred eventually running statewide but that talk died down, especially after he underperformed in 2020.
If Allred somehow doesn’t end up with a safe blue district, I can imagine that “less productive than AOC” will make it into a few campaign ads next year.