It has all grated on several of their Democratic colleagues. Some avoid being in pictures with squad members, fearing that it will lead to campaign ads. Others say it doesn’t matter; such ads are being photoshopped anyway.
“I’m tired of the controversy,” said Rep. Ben McAdams, a Utah Democrat. “I came here because I want to get things done and believe there are good people and good ideas in both parties. I just want to get back to work.”
On Wednesday evening, three of the four squad members sought to patch up relations with other Democratic freshmen and requested a meeting over drinks in the Longworth congressional office building. It did little to mend relations, according to several people familiar with the matter. Representatives of the four declined to comment.