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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

AOC's newest primary challenger is former CNBC correspondent Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has a new primary challenger aiming to win the right to represent New York's 14th Congressional District — former CNBC correspondent Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

 
Caruso-Cabrera filed Monday to enter the race as a Democrat and run against Ocasio-Cortez — one of the most well-known members of Congress, and a freshman lawmaker who earned her spot with a shocking primary win in 2018.
"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."

Caruso-Cabrera's website prominently hypes the matchup of "MCC vs. AOC for the Bronx and Queens." It does not include any details about her proposed policies, or ways she might differ from Ocasio-Cortez in how she would represent the district in Congress, although CNBC reports that Caruso-Cabrera is known for her skepticism of government and support of the free market.

Ocasio-Cortez, 30, is known for her advocacy of Bernie Sanders' brand of socialism, and for her outspoken opposition to President Donald Trump and his administration.
Caruso-Cabrera is a longtime journalist, dating back to her time with her high school newspaper and developing all the way to her stint as Chief International Correspondent for CNBC, where she also co-anchored a show called "Power Lunch." After she stepped down from the position in 2018, she remains a contributor. That role will pause as she runs for Congress.

Caruso-Cabrera, who is in her early 50s, serves on the board of directors for Beneficient, a financial services firm.
Although Ocasio-Cortez will face numerous challengers from both parties this year, she is extremely likely to be re-elected. She's one of the top fundraisers in Congress and has the support of current Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whom she has endorsed in the primary and for whom she has served as a campaign surrogate during the recent impeachment trial.
The primary is scheduled on June 23.

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