Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the young, self-proclaimed democratic socialist who shockingly vaulted into Congress in 2018 after defeating a long-term Democrat incumbent, has been heralded by the liberal media as the future of the Democratic Party.
But while that may be true, it has also resulted in her becoming a prime target for a plethora of both Republicans and Democrats alike who disfavor her style of big government socialism and are seeking to remove her from Congress after only one term, with the latest challenger being former CNBC anchor and correspondent Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, the Washington Examiner reported.
Caruso-Cabrera to challenge AOC
Caruso-Cabrera announced her candidacy as a Democratic primary challenger to Ocasio-Cortez with a tweet posted on Monday. “I’m running for NY-14, to fight for the people of Queens & the Bronx, daughter of Cuban immigrants and living the American Dream,” she wrote.
“I am the daughter and granddaughter of working-class Italian and Cuban immigrants,” the former anchor added in a statement, according to the Examiner.
She went on: “I am so lucky to have had such a wonderful career and I want everybody to have the opportunity that I’ve had. That’s why I’m running.”
Capitalism vs. socialism
Caruso-Cabrera is but one of roughly a dozen declared candidates from both sides of the aisle who are mounting campaigns against Ocasio-Cortez. The Democratic candidates will get their chance during the New York state primary scheduled for June 23.
Of all of those running, however, Caruso-Cabrera may present the most interesting challenge for AOC to overcome, particularly in light of the fact that, as a Hispanic woman, she effectively blocks the congresswoman’s deployment of the “female minority” identity politics card that has been so overplayed.
Even more than that, though, is the fact that Caruso-Cabrera is a staunch opponent of socialism — her Cuban parents fled the communist regime for America — and an unabashed proponent of capitalism, free markets, and limited government, which is essentially the opposite of Ocasio-Cortez’s openly socialist vision of big government-controlled economies.
“Fiscally conservative, socially liberal”
Fox News reported that Caruso-Cabrera describes herself along libertarian lines, falling somewhere in between both major parties, as she considers herself “fiscally conservative, socially liberal,” a stance underscored by her 2010 book, You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government.
In her description of the book, the former anchor praised the fiscally conservative policies of former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton alike, writing: “We must return to the fundamentals of American politics: small, not big, government. Less spending, not more.”
She also called for leaders to focus more on righting the nation’s economic ship instead of spending so much time on divisive social issues.
While it remains unclear just how vulnerable Ocasio-Cortez may be with regard to her own constituents and whether or not she truly is the face of the Democratic Party’s next generation of leaders, this race could prove consequential in terms of the broader political landscape, and it will certainly be one to watch.