The NY Post is endorsing AOC challenger Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.
Caruso-Cabrera made the announcement on Twitter, writing:
— Michelle Caruso-Cabrera (@MCaruso_Cabrera) June 21, 2020
The NY Post writes:
14th Congressional District (Bronx/Queens)
Former cable newswoman Michelle Caruso-Cabrera has rightly slammed incumbent Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for leading opposition to the Amazon HQ project — a “victory” that cost the district thousands of jobs that it sure would like to have now. The frosh is a national media star, but that does her constituents no good. Caruso-Cabrera is the moderate that our times demand.
Per USAToday, in Ocasio-Cortez’s district, she will face three challengers, including former journalist Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who has raised about $2 million. Still, Ocasio-Cortez has remained a popular figure in the district and one of the House’s biggest fundraisers with $10.5 million raised.
She, like fellow members of the Squad facing primaries, has been painted by challengers as more concerned with her newfound fame and quarrels with the president than she is focused on constituents in the Bronx and Queens. In a debate earlier this month, Caruso-Cabrera specifically targeted Ocasio-Cortez for being the lone House Democrat who opposed a $2 trillion coronavirus aid package, which offered help for hospitals, increased unemployment benefits, and included up to a $1,200 stimulus check, among other provisions.
“She’s a democratic socialist and she’s a polarizing, divisive force,” Caruso-Cabrera said during the debate, which was held remotely over video conference. “She is wrong for the times. She is wrong for New York, and she is wrong for our neighborhoods.”
Ocasio-Cortez responded by explaining she was a force behind other pieces of COVID-19 legislation and declined to back the CARES Act in May because it included a “half a trillion dollars in Wall Street giveaways” and did not do enough to help the immigrant community in New York.
She listed a raft of inequalities in her community, including issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, policing and employment, and noted the need for new programs, such as “Medicare for All” to address health care.
“I have always fought for these issues. I am not new to these issues. I ran on them in 2018,” she said during the debate. “Every promise that I made, I have delivered upon and I am proud to have championed our community when the rest of the country wanted to leave us behind.”
“Once you’re the member, you know, you have a record, you have legislative responsibilities, you have district responsibilities and you are now judged and also can be taken on as an incumbent,” Reinish, the strategist, said. “It’s hard to be both the insurgent and the incumbent, and I think that’s what she’s seeing right now.”
It was not Ocasio-Cortez’s first time voting against a key piece of legislation important to the Democratic caucus, an occurrence that over her first term has inflamed tensions with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.