Maxwell Alejandro Frost, the first member of Gen Z to be elected to Congress, expressed frustration with the Washington rental market Thursday, saying he was turned down for an apartment because of “really bad” credit.
“Just applied for an apartment in DC where I told the guy my credit was bad. He said it would be fine. Denied, lost the apartment and the application fee. I already have the money,” Frost said on Twitter. .
The 25-year-old Democrat, who is slated to represent Florida’s 10th District in the Orlando area, revealed in a follow-up tweet that his credit problems stemmed from debt he incurred during his congressional campaign and his inability to finance living expenses with Uber earnings.
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Frost is a former March for Our Lives organizer who has worked on gun reform and abortion rights. He filled the House seat left open by Rep. Val Demings, who resigned to run against Sen. Marco Rubio for the U.S. Senate.
Gen Z, who is a member of Congress, reported little or no income during his campaign for Congress.
“I quit my full-time job because I knew I had to be a full-time candidate to win at 25. 7 days a week, 10-12 hours a day. It’s not sustainable or right, but “That’s what we had to do,” Frost wrote.
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Frost is not the first member of Congress to raise concerns about rent in the nation’s capital. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told the New York Times after winning the 2018 election that she can’t rent an apartment in DC until her congressional salary is paid.
According to Rent.com, the average one-bedroom apartment in Washington costs $2,435 per month.
Frost was unable to respond to a request for comment, according to his spokeswoman.