If politics makes strange bedfellows, it’s hard to imagine a stranger partnership than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz.

Yet, a Twitter exchange Thursday between the Democratic congresswoman from New York and the Republican senator from Texas suggests there’s one issue on which they share common ground: political lobbying.

It all started when Ocasio-Cortez tweeted out a link to a story about the large number of ex-lawmakers working as lobbyists and suggested the laws be changed to stop it.

If you are a member of Congress + leave, you shouldn’t be allowed to turn right around&leverage your service for a lobbyist check.I don’t think it should be legal at ALL to become a corporate lobbyist if you’ve served in Congress.At minimum there should be a long wait period. https://t.co/xMu9Mwmdm6

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 30, 2019

Cruz responded to the tweet and said he agreed with the congresswoman and suggested some “bipartisan cooperation” might be in order.

Here’s something I don’t say often: on this point, I AGREE with @AOC Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists. The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation? https://t.co/jPW0xkH2Yy

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 30, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez seemed open to the idea and suggested what she thought would be needed to make a good bill with some teeth in it.

.@tedcruz if you’re serious about a clean bill, then I’m down.Let’s make a deal.If we can agree on a bill with no partisan snuck-in clauses, no poison pills, etc – just a straight, clean ban on members of Congress becoming paid lobbyists – then I’ll co-lead the bill with you. https://t.co/AZTbmdSexv

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 30, 2019

Cruz’s response was to the point: “You’re on!”

You’re on. https://t.co/S3TBfNeO3Q

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 30, 2019

Although both Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez are polarizing figures with each other’s political parties, some Twitter users seemed cautiously optimistic.

This may be the most unlikely bipartisan team of all time 🤷‍♀️ but it needs to be done

— JP (@M12_Powell) May 30, 2019

I kind of can't believe the fact that I'm reading this exchange right now, but this is amazing. Make it happen! @AOC @tedcruz

— Chuck McKnight (@ChuckMcKnight) May 30, 2019

This would be the most ambitious crossover episode in Congressional history.

— Will Nye (@willfnye) May 30, 2019

But there were also skeptics…

There’s no way @tedcruz goes through with this. That would be too good a thing for our country.

— laura (@wanderlustlaura) May 30, 2019

This is a guy that shut down the Government over healthcare for poor people and used the time to read green eggs & Ham on the Senate floor. Fool me once…

— John Joseph (@CAPolitics) May 30, 2019

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