Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief Democratic primary opponent earlier this year, is mulling a run for comptroller of New York City.
“We need a stabilizing hand in this moment. We have to get people back to work,” Caruso-Cabrera told The Post. “I am seriously considering running for comptroller.”
Caruso-Cabrera, a veteran business journalist, would join a Democratic primary field for comptroller that includes Harlem state Sen. Brian Benjamin, Brooklyn state Sen. Kevin Parker, Queens Assemblyman David Weprin and Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander.
The former CNBC anchor would be the only woman and Hispanic in the race. Caruso-Cabrera is half-Cuban descent.
The comptroller is the city’s budget watchdog and chief auditor of city agencies. Caruso-Cabrera said she would use the office to make sure that city dollars are spent wisely.
But she said priority number one is helping the city recover from the lingering coronavirus pandemic, which has wreaked havoc on the Big Apple economy and put hundreds of thousands of people out of work.
“We have people lined up desperate to get food,” she said.
Democratic-Socialist AOC easily won her re-election primary. But Caruso-Cabrera, a former Republican, ran a spirited campaign.
With extensive contacts in the business world, Caruso-Cabrera was able to raise funds for her long-shot congressional campaign, but was still vastly outspent by AOC’s campaign.
Caruso-Cabrera slammed AOC as too far to the left, citing her opposition to Amazon opening a headquarters in Queens and that she had neglected constituent concerns.
In turn, Ocasio-Cortez attacked Caruso-Cabrera’s ties to Wall Street and even pointed out that she had resided in a property owned by President Trump’s company.
The challenger also came under fire for writing a book that promoted conservative policies, such as slashing the size of government and getting rid of Social Security and Medicare. Caruso-Cabrera walked back her positions during the congressional campaign and said she supports Medicare and Social Security.
Rival candidates for comptroller will likely question her prior policy prescriptions if she jumps into the race.