Ex-News Anchor to Challenge Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez In Congressional Primary

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera filed to run as a Democrat on Monday in the party’s New York 14th District primary race.


Longtime news anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera will challenge popular progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the New York Congressional primary race.

Caruso-Cabrera filed to run as a Democrat on Monday in the party’s 14th District primary race. On her campaign website and Twitter, Caruso-Cabrera identifies as the granddaughter of Italian and Cuban immigrants who will “fight for the people of Queens and the Bronx.”

Caruso-Cabrera worked at CNBC as a reporter and anchor for more than 20 years, corresponding from countries including Cuba, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela and covering global events including the Greek debt crisis and the 2008 U.S. financial crisis, according to her campaign website.

According to CNBC, Caruso-Cabrera will take a leave from her role as contributor at the company during the campaign. The business network formerly run by late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has seen other commentators like National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow leave to work for the Trump administration.

About a dozen candidates are vying for Ocasio-Cortez’s seat in a district that includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. AOC, who identifies as a democratic socialist, became the youngest woman elected to Congress when she surprisingly upset 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in the 2018 primary.

The primary is scheduled for June 23.