The brightly colored sticky notes that for weeks have marked the entrance to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Cannon Building office have been removed after Capitol Hill officials complained they blocked a name plaque by the door, according to the New York Democrat’s staff.
The move apparently came as a surprise to Ocasio-Cortez, who returned to her office as an aide was busily moving the notes to a wall inside. “You took off our Post-its?” she exclaimed.
Admirers had been leaving scrawled messages on the orange, pink, yellow and blue bits of paper for weeks. The blaze of color against the stark white marble hallway had become a visible symbol of the new brand of activism the freshman lawmaker had promised to bring here.
The “ritual” started after “two mothers” left a few notes next to her nameplate, Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet. The staff enjoyed seeing the words of encouragement every day, she wrote, so they left them there, and new notes appeared.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in January that she would keep the notes up “as long as they stick.” But apparently, Capitol Hill regulations are stronger than Post-it glue.
RIP our post-it wall :(We were told it had to be taken down... So we moved it inside instead pic.twitter.com/qw3RMfPDeU — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 12, 2019
The Superintendent of House Office Buildings said the notes obscured the braille on the Ocasio-Cortez’s nameplate, staff assistant Claudia Pagon Marchena said.
A spokeswoman from the Architect of the Capitol, which oversees the superintendent’s office, referred a reporter to a 2008 House Office Building “hallway policy,” which, she said, “addresses items permitted in or restricted from the hallways of the House Office Buildings.”
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Fans were not deterred, though. Within minutes, lobbyists Maya Colorado and Mayra Portillo, who described themselves as young Latina admirers of the 29-year-old congresswoman from the Bronx, were knocking at the office door.
They had already seen pictures on Instagram of the newly clean wall outside Ocasio-Cortez’s office, but wanted to leave notes anyway. So they scrawled out new messages, thanking Ocasio-Cortez and saying she had inspired them. They handed the bits of paper to Pagon Marchena, who, standing on a chair, added them to the new display.
Sticky notes attached to the name plaque of another freshman, Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, remained outside her office door in the Longworth Building as of Tuesday afternoon.
An aide from Omar’s office said they have not yet received requests to take them down.