A spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez said he's looking into the matter but declined to comment.
Strikingly, the scene from the comic book series from which the quote is taken occurs in a prison cafeteria-a potentially provocative, though perhaps fluid, metaphor for what Congress has become to many lawmakers.
The freshman democratic socialist's campaign "did not have the required workers' compensation coverage from March 31, 2018 to April 30, 2018, and was issued a final penalty of $1,500, which it paid", Melissa Stewart, director of public information at the state's Workers Compensation Board told the New York Daily News.
When she made a play this month for a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, a senior Democrat told Politico that '[i] t totally pissed off everyone. Others simultaneously warn Ocasio-Cortez is destined for a lonely, ineffectual career in Congress if she continues to treat her own party as the enemy.
Similarly, Ocasio-Cortez, is pushing for a "Medicare for All" medical insurance overhaul in the USA, an ambitious plan that would put much of the industry in the hands of government.
"I'm sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there's nearly an outstanding rule: Don't attack your own people", said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).
"New party, who dis?"
Lieberman pointed to the many moderate Democrats who beat Republicans in purple districts in 2018. "And the Democratic Party is not going to succeed that way". Rank and file are peeved that there's a grassroots movement to try to win her a top committee post they feel she doesn't deserve.
The assignment, which lawmakers say they expect her to receive, might pit the 29-year-old politician not only against banks - a major local industry in her state, but also potentially against business-friendly Democrats who have backed financial deregulation.
Some House Democrats aren't convinced.
Her new chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, told supporters during a November conference call that 'we gotta primary folks'.