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Former CNBC Anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera Has Raised $1 Million to Challenge AOC for NY-14 Seat

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left) and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

April 14, 2020 By Allie Griffin

A former CNBC anchor and Sunnyside resident Michelle Caruso-Cabrera has raised approximately $1 million in campaign funds to take on liberal congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the NY-14 seat.

Caruso-Cabrera will report $800,000 for the first quarter ending March 31 — after expenses — tomorrow, according to her campaign office. The former journalist hopes to beat Ocasio-Cortez in a crowded June 23 Democratic primary and is running as a moderate.

She said that that her large campaign chest reflects the level of support she has received from the public.

“Before Coronavirus people were stopping me on the street showing their excitement. And from the beginning the countless handwritten letters from near and far from across the country have been so moving,” Caruso-Cabrera said. “The national and local messages are clear: I will unite. AOC’s reign of division will end.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign said it would be releasing her first quarter fundraising numbers tomorrow, on the filing deadline. She had $2.9 million on hand at the end of 2019, according to a spokesperson.

The congresswoman stopped raising campaign funds after the outbreak of COVID-19 and focused on  bringing in money to local organizations. She has helped raise nearly $200,000 for community groups as of Friday, a campaign spokesperson said.

However, Caruso-Cabrera has been critical of Ocasio-Cortez, alleging that she has not being responsive to her constituents since the outbreak began. She accused Ocasio-Cortez of living large in her D.C. apartment for 10 days earlier this month, while Queens and Bronx residents dealt with the crisis.

“For weeks families have been worried about where they are going to get their next paycheck,” Caruso-Cabrera said in a statement on April 4. “AOC hasn’t been here to see their desperation and their struggle to survive. Why is she in DC when Congress isn’t in session?”

Ocasio-Cortez has been back and forth between the district and DC. On Friday, she was delivering meals to residents of LeFrak City, which was posted to Instagram.

She has also hosted several virtual town halls addressing COVID-19. Her virtual meeting have addressed topics such as how people can get unemployment insurance and what loan/grant packages are available to small businesses. She also spoke about the stimulus package at a virtual meeting held by Queens Community Board 2.

Nevertheless, Caruso-Cabrera said New Yorkers want a more moderate candidate that Ocasio-Cortez.

“The tide in this country has turned dramatically toward moderates like Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Vice President Joe Biden who know how to lead, and against Democratic Socialists like AOC and Bernie Sanders who only understand extremist politics,” Caruso-Cabrera said in a release.

“Here in NY-14, I am the only candidate emphasizing cooperation, conciliation, getting things done and getting results for the Bronx and Queens at this time of great uncertainty.”

Caruso-Cabrera is one of at least six candidates running in the Democratic primary.

A map showing Congressional District 14, which includes portions Astoria, College Point, Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Woodside.

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SureSunnysideLatina

@ Gardens Watcher Sure she lives in Sunnyside. I saw her at the 99 Cents Paradise store once. She also likes to eat at Kabayan.

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Mil mascaras

The 2 of them should have to fight a steel cage match on monday night wrestling for the title. 2 out of 3 falls . Its all theyre qualified for

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Owen

AOC has done very little for her constituents during COvID19. Her trump bashing is not getting people food and relief. She is as arrogant and clueless as trump. Time for real representation. The people of Sunnyside and Woodside deserve better.

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Gardens Watcher

AltRightLatina, you got any evidence of that? Nope, GOP troll. I didn’t think so.

There’s daily articles about AOC on Fox News & NYPost. She is the main fundraising tool for the GOP nationwide. Republicans want AOC to win the June primary in order to keep the money flowing to the GOP, and that only helps Trump win re-election in November.

Vote AOC out but keep the seat Democratic by voting for MCC.

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Normal person

Please AOC is a left wing .she also auditioned for this job.watch the you tube video (the brains behind AOC)She is working for some real dangerous people.

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Gardens Watcher

Mac, Only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary. There’s a bunch of Republicans running in the GOP primary for once.

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SuperWittySmitty

I’m thrilled that AOC is my congresswoman and look forward to her re-election. I do not feel that she’s in any way divisive. I do like how she triggers the right-wingers, though.

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i do have hope

Go Cabrera Go, and when you called our AOC for living in the lap of luxury all the while pretending to care about her constituents she gallops off to Elmhurst Queens and has a press conference.

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Gardens Watcher

MCC is the only viable Democratic challenger to AOC.

Absentee voting is now easier and is safer for me. Per the state’s elections website (elections.ny.gov):

“**Pursuant to Executive Order 202.15 issued April 9, 2020, voters may request and vote via an absentee ballot for any election held on or before June 23, 2020 due to the potential to contract the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To request an absentee ballot, voters may fill out an absentee ballot application and check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason they are requesting an absentee ballot.”

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Mac

Don’t like either candidate. Playing Latina game targeting racist voters who vote on ethnic lines. A communist or another TV personality.

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