Former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera to oppose AOC in her re-election bid
The 53-year-old challenger has been a long-time CNBC contributor and was still in the profession when she made the surprise announcement
Firebrand Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has found her opposition getting thicker as Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a Democrat has registered herself to challenge her during her re-election bid later this year. With the latest addition, the list of AOC’s challengers has five names and it certainly makes the New York (14th district) lawmaker’s fight a challenging one.
The self-proclaimed socialist became the Congresswoman for the first time in January 2019 and has created quite some noise in her very first year.
AOC's latest challenger is also a person of journalistic credentials. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is a long-time CNBC contributor and was still in the profession when she made the surprise announcement. The 53-year-old filed her papers to launch her primary run on Monday, February 10, even as AOC continued to campaign for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who she has endorsed for this year’s presidential election.
According to a report in Daily Mail, Michelle or 'MCC' has claimed to be a registered Democrat for several years now. She will no longer serve as a CNBC contributor, according to a fellow reporter in the network. Daily Mail, however, added that her status as a Democrat was not seen immediately on public records of her current or former addresses in New Jersey and Manhattan, respectively. In fact, the name of her only publication ‘You Know I'm Right: More Prosperity, Less Government’, which speaks about fiscal conservatism and social liberalism, also gave a contradictory hint.
“I am the daughter and granddaughter of working-class Italian and Cuban immigrants,” she said. “I am so lucky to have had such a wonderful career and I want everybody to have the opportunity that I've had,” Michelle was quoted as saying.
In 2018, AOC stunned many pundits by winning against 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley who was once considered a possible successor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. At 29 then, AOC was the youngest woman to become a Congress member.