It’s MCC vs. AOC.
Former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera filed paperwork to challenge freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic primary for her Bronx-Queens congressional seat.
Caruso-Cabrera, who left the network in 2018 and will no longer be a CNBC contributor, filed late Monday as a Democrat to run in the 14th Congressional District that saw AOC come from nowhere in 2018 to oust longtime Congressman Joe Crowley.
“I am the daughter and granddaughter of working class Italian and Cuban immigrants,” she said in a statement. “I am so lucky to have had such a wonderful career and I want everybody to have the opportunity that I’ve had.”
On her Twitter page, Caruso-Cabrera said she’s running to “fight for the people of Queens & the Bronx, daughter of Cuban immigrants and living the American Dream.”
Fluent in Spanish, Caruso-Cabrera was a reporter and anchor at CNBC for more than 20 years, covering news in Cuba, Iran, Ukraine, Iraq, Italy, Russia and Latin American, according to her campaign website in which she refers to herself as “MCC.”
She was also named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in the country by Hispanice Business Magazine.
Caruso-Cabrera is a small-government advocate and published a book in 2010 titled “You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government.”
Ocasio-Cortez, 30, who went from Union Square waitress to giant-slayer when she knocked off the entrenched Crowley in the June 2018 Democratic primary, is a socialist-leaning Democrat who supports the Medicare-for-all health care proposal being espoused by Sen. Bernie Sanders and the “Green New Deal” that would combat climate change and income inequality.