Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cancelled her final South by Southwest appearance on Sunday as she is ‘under the weather’ after event organizers moved it to a bigger room and she attended a red carpet premiere earlier in the day.
The freshman Democrat from New York was scheduled to tape an episode of the Skullduggery podcast as her final appearance at the technology and film festival.
Organizers had moved the taping to a larger venue, likely after her Saturday evening event was filled to the gills and the overflow rooms overflowed with attendees eager to see the rising Democratic star.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cancelled her final South by Southwest appearance on Sunday
But she was on the red carpet earlier in the day taking pictures with fans to promote the documentary ‘Knock Down the House’
Ocasio-Cortez’s office said she was ‘under the weather’
But her office said she was ill and unable to attend.
‘We were extremely excited to join Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman in a conversation about big tech and antitrust. Unfortunately Representative Ocasio-Cortez is under the weather and unable to attend the Skullduggery podcast. We are looking forward to continuing this very important conversation in the future,’ her communications director Corbin Trent said in a statement posted on Twitter by podcast host Daniel Klaidman.
SXSW also blasted out the news to its attendees via its app.
The cancellation was announced about 30 minutes before the event began, as people were already lining up outside Salon E, where her taping had moved.
Several attendees expressed their disappointment in the cancellation, which was their last chance to see the congresswoman.
Salon E in the JW Marriott Hotel can hold 615 people versus the 240 that fit in the room where Ocasio-Cortez was originally scheduled to join the taping, according to the hotel’s website.
Earlier Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez was spotted giving interviews on the red carpet and taking pictures with fans for the premiere of ‘Knock Down the House,’ the documentary that followed the primary campaigns of four women running for Congress, including Ocasio-Cortez.
She was also spotted at the annual Vox’s dinner Saturday night at The Belmont, according to Politico’s Playbook.
Ocasio-Cortez’s Saturday evening talk was filled to capacity
The Skullduggery hosts expressed their disappointment their interview is not taking place.
‘We are bummed – and hope @AOC gets better soon. We look forward to rescheduling,’ Isikoff wrote on twitter.
‘We’re sorry @AOC is not feeling well. We are very much looking forward to rescheduling this important conversation with @SkullduggeryPod soon. Here’s the official statement from her office. And stay tuned,’ Klaidman tweeted.