Feb. 11, 2020 By Allie Griffin
A former CNBC anchor and Sunnyside resident will challenge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her Congressional seat in the Democratic primary election.
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera today announced her run for the 14th District, which covers Astoria, College Point, Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside, Woodside and parts of the Bronx.
“I’m running for NY-14, to fight for the people of Queens & the Bronx, daughter of Cuban immigrants and living the American Dream,” Caruso-Cabrera said on Twitter.
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 worked at CNBC as an anchor and reporter for more than 20 years. After leaving the network in September 2018, she continued to serve as a contributor, but will take a leave from that role for the duration of the campaign, according to CNBC.
The former CNBC anchor responded that she lives in Sunnyside when asked by a reporter on Twitter.
Caruso-Cabrera supports limited government and fiscal conservatism, as shown in her 2010 book titled “You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government” — positioning her to the right of socialist-leaning liberal firebrand, Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez shocked the Queens Democratic establishment with her win over longtime incumbent Joe Crowley in the June 2018 Democratic primary.
Caruso-Cabrera and Ocasio-Cortez are two of nearly a dozen candidates vying for the Congressional seat.
The primary election is slated for June 23.