Former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is seeking to unseat high profile Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her district.
Forbes reports Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who worked as CNBC correspondent and anchor for more than 20 years, has tossed her hat in the political ring.
The journalist filed paperwork to run in New York’s 14th Congressional district. She’ll be challening Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic primary, slated for June 23.
Caruso-Cabrera left CNBC in September 2018 to join the board of directors for financial services firm Beneficient, but remained as a contributor for the network. She will step away from that role for the duration of the campaign.
CNBC broke the news of her congressional run. She already activated a campaign website and shared the news on social media today with this message:
“I’m running for NY-14 to fight for the people of Queens & the Bronx. As a daughter and granddaughter of Cuban and Italian immigrants, I am living the American Dream.”
Earlier this morning on Squawk on the Street, CNBC correspondent Eamon Javers reported he spoke with Caruso-Cabrera via phone. He shared that during that conversation, she told him her reason for running: “having worked my way to a terrific career, I want everyone to have the chances I had at the American dream.”
Per Townhall, on Saturday, AOC kicked off her re-election campaign in her new Queens office, where roughly 100 people packed into the small area. She told supporters she wanted more voters to show up at the polls, something she’s calling the “turnout machine,” The New York Post reported.
“We have some really ambitious goals,” she said. “Last election cycle, in the primary as we know, the turnout was quite low. This year, we want to multiply turnout by four times. That’s our goal. We want to secure 60,000 votes in the primary election. We need to start creating a turnout machine right now.”
The freshman congresswoman made waves when she ousted House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, something that has been considered one of the biggest upsets during the 2018 midterm elections.