On Tuesday, former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera announced that she will challenge far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-D) for her 14th District seat in the Democratic primary.
“I am the daughter and granddaughter of working class Italian and Cuban immigrants,” Caruso-Cabrera said in a statement. “I am so lucky to have had such a wonderful career and I want everybody to have the opportunity that I’ve had. That’s why I’m running.”
In a tweet on Tuesday, the candidate posted: “I’m running for NY-14, to fight for the people of Queens & the Bronx, daughter of Cuban immigrants and living the American Dream.”
I'm running for NY-14, to fight for the people of Queens & the Bronx, daughter of Cuban immigrants and living the American Dream 🇺🇸 https://t.co/DY5eLoCKgL
— Michelle Caruso-Cabrera (@MCaruso_Cabrera) February 11, 2020
Caruso-Cabrera, who worked at CNBC for 20 years-plus, will no longer appear on the network as a contributor.
“Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is not a CNBC employee and hasn’t been since September 2018,” a CNBC spokesperson told TheWrap, according to Yahoo! News. “She will take a leave from her role as CNBC Contributor for the duration of the campaign.”
“Watching her grandparents and her parents work long hours is how Michelle learned about achieving the American dream,” Caruso-Cabrera’s campaign website outlines.
“For over 20 years Michelle Caruso-Cabrera was a lead reporter and anchor at CNBC,” the site reads. “She held the title of Chief International Correspondent and traveled the world reporting live from Cuba, Iran, Ukraine, Iraq, Italy, Russia, Venezuela, and Latin America. She reported live from many major global events including the Greek debt crisis, the Brexit vote, the 2008 US financial crisis, not to mention the US elections.”
Caruso-Cabrera’s campaign site boasts of the anchor being named “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in the nation by Hispanic Business Magazine, as well as Broadcaster of the Year from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
“Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a resident of Queens, is running for Congress in the Bronx and Queens (NY-14),” the site announced.
As reported by The Hill, the candidate authored “You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government” in 2010, noting that the “book calls for ‘fiscal conservatism, limited government and personal responsibility.'”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has been one of the most radical figures in Congress, openly calling herself a “democratic-socialist” and backing far-left Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the 2020 presidential election.
Last week, AOC was among seven Democrats to boycott President Donald Trump’s annual State of the Union address.
“After much deliberation, I have decided that I will not use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trump’s lawless conduct & subversion of the Constitution,” Ocasio-Cortez posted in a Twitter thread the day of the SOTU.
“None of this is normal, and I will not legitimize it. Consequently, I will not be attending the State of the Union,” the congresswoman announced.
“This is a deeply personal decision for each member to make, and a choice I did not take lightly. I will be hopping on Instagram Live later this evening to connect with my constituents and follow up with their questions about #SOTU,” AOC added.
The same week, Ocasio-Cortez mocked the American dream, explaining that “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” is “physically impossible.”