Representative-elect Maxwell Alejandro Frost (D-Florida), who will be the first Gen Z member of Congress, said Thursday his application to rent an apartment in Washington, D.C., was denied due to his poor rating credit.
“I just applied for an apartment in DC where I told the guy my credit was really bad. He said I would be fine. I was turned down, lost the apartment and the application fee,” Frost tweeted, referring to his work for Uber to make ends meet. “For those asking, I have bad credit because I ran into a lot of debt running for Congress for a year and a half. I didn’t make enough money with Uber itself to pay my life.
Frost told the Washington Post that the building where his candidacy was denied was in the Navy Yard neighborhood, just over a mile from the US Capitol where he will soon be working.
The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Washington, DC, is $2,321, according to Zillow.com.
In an interview with HuffPost in October, the young Democrat opened up about the financial struggles he faced as a candidate, including how he ran out of money early in his campaign and had to drive for Uber to pay his bills.
“As a youngster who just doesn’t have a lot of money, I literally lived paycheck to paycheck all year and sometimes I didn’t have money to eat” , did he declare.
Frost said more poor and working-class candidates in politics are needed to achieve a better democracy.
The future legislator’s struggle to find a home in the nation’s capital is nothing new. In 2018, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), who worked as a bartender before her successful campaign for Congress, said she had no cash flow to cover the period between her election and her performance. of oath.
“I can’t really take a salary,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview with The New York Times. “I have three months without pay before being a member of Congress. So how do you get an apartment? These things are very real.
She later noted that this was one of the many ways the American electoral system was not designed for working-class leaders.
Frost told the Post that he spoke with Ocasio-Cortez about the housing issues they faced that many of their co-workers didn’t.
“A lot of members coming into Congress don’t have these issues when they move out, because they already have money,” Frost told The Washington Post.
Frost also hit out at conservatives on Twitter who were critical of his dilemma, noting that former President Donald Trump had his own debt issues on a much larger scale. Ocasio-Cortez also drew derision from the right in 2018 when she spoke about her struggle to pay rent in DC
Prior to his campaign, Frost, a survivor of gun violence, worked as an activist and organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union and March for Our Lives. He ran to end gun violence, protect American democracy and fight the climate crisis, defeating Republican Calvin Wimbish and independents Jason Holic and Usha Jain to claim the seat vacated by Rep. Val Demings (D ).