Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) now has a political contender hoping to take her seat in the Democratic primary to be held on June 23.
According to the Washington Examiner, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a CNBC news network reporter and Democratic Party member, announced this week that she is running for Congress for the same district that Ocasio-Cortez is currently occupying.
The former international correspondent who worked for CNBC for more than 20 years, like Ocasio-Cortez, is of Latin descent. She is also a recognized media celebrity who won an Emmy Award and was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine.
“I am the daughter and granddaughter of working class Italian and Cuban immigrants (…) 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,” she said, according to CNBC.
Caruso-Cabrera, 53, is known as a moderate Democrat who defends the free market. She even published a book inspired by the small government of former Republican President Ronald Reagan.
In her book, “You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government,” she seriously questions the wasteful spending and overreaching of government by both parties.
“I want a government that stays out of my pocketbook and stays out of my public life. I find it frustrating that the Democrats think I want to keep paying for their big government and endless spending projects,” Caruso-Cabrera wrote, according to The New York Post.
In response to Caruso-Cabrera’s statements, the spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez has not yet responded to the request for comment.
As indicated by CNBC, Ocasio-Cortez, who is part of the most radical wing of the Democratic left known as “the squad,” has earned the backing of progressive groups by openly supporting policies such as “Medicare for All” and promoting the candidacy of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Ocasio-Cortez also surprised Democratic mainstream by defeating Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic congressional primary in 2018.
So far, a dozen candidates, including both Democrats and Republicans, are running for the office in the 14th district, which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens.