Former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera said Tuesday she will run against U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, joining a dozen other candidates who have announced plans to challenge the high-profile freshman from New York City.

Caruso-Cabrera told CNBC that she will run against Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic primary for the seat that includes parts of the Bronx and Queens.

“I am the daughter and granddaughter of working class Italian and Cuban immigrants,” Caruso-Cabrera 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. That’s why I’m running.”

Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political establishment when she defeated 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in the 2018 Democratic primary and went on to win the general election.

She has emerged since then as a standard-bearer for the Democratic Party’s left flank, calling for a “Green New Deal” and the elimination of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Representatives for Ocasio-Cortez did not return an email seeking comment.

Eight Republicans and four other Democrats besides Caruso-Cabrera have announced plans to run against Ocasio-Cortez this year. The filing deadline for the June 23 primary is April 2.

Caruso-Cabrera became a CNBC contributor when she left her full-time position at the network in September 2018. She served as chief international correspondent and as co-host of “Power Lunch” during her 20-year career at the network. A proponent of free markets, she is the author of a 2010 book titled “You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government.”

She will take a leave from her role as CNBC contributor during the campaign.



  1. There’s a serious lesson to take from the observation of the current political scene. The Dems are destroying themselves in multiple ways. The obsession with Trump Derangement Syndrome is costly. These clowns were voted into office to accomplish something, and they have busied themselves with the impeachment game and the pursuit of the destruction of the president. I would never vote for anyone that abdicated the job I sent them to do. Next, the mud slinging between the Dems is quite entertaining. It assures us that the winner will not be able to garner the support from the losers. That can cost them the election. Next, the gamble with socialism has been launched. And they are trying to outdo each other with just how extreme and bizarre they can get.

    I do hope we get to elect a representative to Congress that has a value system, morality, and fundamental knowledge of politics, both domestic and global. AOC has scored zero or below on all of this. Frankly, a stuffed toy would be brighter than her. The competing candidates just need to focus on issues, and to display their knowledge of issues.